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Ross L. Nordfelt

Obituary for Ross L. Nordfelt

October 2, 1947 - July 8, 2018
San Antonio, Texas | Age 70


Ross Nordfelt passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 8, in Helotes, Texas, at the age of 70. He is preceded in death by his brother, Roy, and his parents, Leroy and Melvina Nordfelt. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Celia Nordfelt, his four children and their families – Michael Nordfelt (Suzanne), Catherine Phillips, Anna Trevino (Lucas), and Amy Kocurek (Neal), his seven grandchildren whom he adored, Kyle, Jacob, Joshua, Maya, Lillian, Emilia, and Cora, and his beloved dog, Sachi. He was also fondly regarded by his close and loving extended family, uncles and aunts, sisters and brothers in laws, cousins, and nieces and nephews.

Ross grew up in Ceres, California and graduated from Ceres High School. He went to college and earned a Bachelors in Japanese at San Jose State and a Bachelors and Masters in Business at St. Mary's University in San Antonio. San Antonio is where he met his beautiful wife, Celia, and they started their journey together. He proudly served in the Air Force for 4 years, in intelligence, with a tour in Japan. Following his honorary discharge, he was a civilian employee for Air Force at the Defense Language Institute at Lackland AFB for 33 years. He also taught economics at San Antonio College in the evenings, and coached academic decathlon at Holmes High School. He enjoyed working with his many students over the years, and they spoke fondly of him as an instructor.

Ross was beloved and well known for his eclectic interests in cultures, languages, and his time outdoors walking and hiking. All of his activities with family and friends were punctuated with his infectious sense of humor. He was always a family man and he unapologetically indoctrinated his children with The Beatles and Willie Nelson on long car trips, along with his passion for history. An affectionate and doting grandfather, he always took the time to do the small things with his grandkids such as stringing Christmas lights, filling up the bird feeders, or taking the dog for a walk. He reveled in holding each new grand-baby and often talked about these moments. He will be missed, but his jokes, laughter, and zest for family will live with us always.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the National Parks Foundation, as Ross always loved his time at Yosemite, Yellowstone, Route 66, the many National monuments and seashores.

The Holy Rosary will be recited at Porter Loring Funeral home (1101 McCullough Rd) on Tuesday, July 17, at 7:00pm, with a visitation at 6:00pm. There will be a funeral mass at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church (13715 Riggs Rd) in Helotes, Texas on July 18 at 11:30am with internment following at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.

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  • National Park Foundation
    Yosemite, Yellowstone, Route 66

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1101 McCullough Avenue
San Antonio, TX 78212
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