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Ross J. Giacomo

March 19, 1949 — November 7, 2023


Ross J. Giacomo, 74, of Warsaw, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on Tuesday, November 7, 2023.

He was born March 19, 1949, in Kansas City, MO, son of Nick J. and Frances G. (Moore) Giacomo. On July 7, 2007, in Kansas City, he married Sarah L. “Sally” Case Shull.

Ross grew up in Phoenix, AZ and was a 1967 graduate of South Mountain High School. He enlisted in the Army after graduation and served two tours in Vietnam. He proudly served for 25 years. His career took him around the world. The last ten years he served at The White House as a chauffeur for the presidential staff and guests during the Reagan and Bush administrations. For ten years he worked as a driver and personal assistant to the former press secretary James Brady which led to an enduring friendship with James and Sarah Brady.

He then moved back to Kansas City where he met the love of his life, Sally and took on the task of helping to raise their granddaughter, Ellie. He was very proud of his children and all their accomplishments. He loved telling people he had a basketball team and a cheerleader.

Ross attended Katy Park Baptist Church and was a member of VFW Post 3118, Pleasant Hill.

Ross and Sally became fulltime RVers and traveled the United States making lifelong friends. They spent several years volunteering for the Army Corps of Engineers. They spent their winters in South Texas.

Ross was an avid Kansas City Chiefs and Kansas City Royals fan. Sally and her boys made him a loyal Jayhawk fan. He loved supporting his grandchildren in any sport they played.

Ross was a great storyteller and conversationalist. He never met a stranger and always had a story to tell.

Ross Giacomo loved life and lived it to the fullest.

Survivors include his wife, Sally, of the home; children Mary Giacomo, of Williamsburg, VA, Nick Giacomo, of Ocean Springs, MS, Jason Giacomo (Ana), of Aiken, SC, Michael Shull (Stephanie), of Pleasant Hill, Darin Shull (Mandy), of Sedalia, and Josh Shull, of Pleasant Hill; eight grandchildren; two great-granddaughters; nephews Troy Sherman (Traci), of AK, and Carl Sherman, of WA; niece Bethany Adams, of AL; and a host of dear and special friends across the country.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Nick and Frances Giacomo; and a sister, Toni.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 am Monday, November 13, 2023 at Heckart Funeral Home with Rev. Jon Church officiating.

Honorary pallbearers will be Nick Giacomo, Jason Giacomo, Mike Shull, Darin Shull, Josh Shull and Scott Green.

Full military honors by United States Army will be conducted at the funeral home immediately following the funeral service.

Visitation will be from 10:00 am until service time.

Graveside service and inurnment will be 2:00 pm Tuesday, November 14, 2023 at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery, Higginsville.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Wounded Warrior Project or VFW Post 3118 in care of Heckart Funeral Home.
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