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Ross Scanio

February 27, 1964 — July 3, 2022

Ross Edward Scanio, a beloved son, brother, father, and grandfather, passed away on July 3, 2022, at 58 years old. Despite the tragic loss, his last moments here on earth were spent doing what he loved, which was flying. Born on February 27, 1964, in upstate, NY to Donna Scanio and Ross John Scanio, he was destined to be a pilot. He attended Hastings College, NE and subsequently served 20 years in the Marine Corps with his primary duty as a Naval Aviator flying the FA-18 Hornet. Originally stationed in Southern California, he moved to Fort Worth, Texas in 2000 with his family and that became home. Scanio achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel before deploying one last time to Iraq. After returning, he became a United Airlines pilot. In 2015, he moved to Casa Grande, AZ to be closer to his mother. He then obtained a Master's Degree in Theology at Grand Canyon University.
In recent years, philanthropy became his greatest focus, particularly by honoring Veterans in need of support. His most recent project, Adrenaline Therapy, was a company built to use adrenaline as a way of helping other Veterans ease their transition from service to civilian life. Sadly, the company's development has come to a halt since the owner is no longer with us.
Ross was no stranger to the psychological impact that came along with war. Experiencing PTSD himself allowed him to become one of the most influential advocates for Veterans struggling. He was an inspiration to us all as he devoted himself to uplifting others by sharing his story and by volunteering in numerous organizations. The world lost one of its brightest sparks the day Ross's life was cut short. He will be missed terribly.
Ross leaves behind his parents, brother, and three children: Amber, Ross Jr, Christopher, and his one-year-old grandson, Max.
He will receive Military Funeral Honors in the Fall of 2022.

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