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Family, friends mourn Louisville man killed in Virginia plane crash

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A military veteran, a former University of Louisville instructor, and the owner of an accounting firm.

Those are just a few of the accomplishments in the life of Robert “Bob” Ross, a 73-year-old Louisville man who also had his pilot’s license and loved to fly.

Speaking via FaceTime from her home in Texas, Lavita Miller is Ross’ daughter.

“He was passionate about it. He was flying as much as he could all the time. We'd all been flying with him before,” Miller said.

On Friday morning, Miller says her father flew his plane from Louisville, Kentucky to Shelbyville, Indiana, where he picked up his best friend, William “Bill” Hamerstadt and four other people.

At that point, Hamerstadt took over as pilot.

Miller says the six were on their way to watch the son of passenger, Lisa Borinstein graduate from military school.

Miller will now head to crash site in Virginia to see it for herself.

“[Ross] did a lot for the Marine Corps. He was in the Vietnam War. He was a purple heart in the Vietnam War,” said Miller. “He struggled. He came a long way. He achieved every dream and every goal he had. He achieved it in life. And I think that's huge for anybody."

“He was just amazing and he went way too soon. He still had a lot of years left to live but I know he had a really good life and he knows that he was loved very much,” said Ross’ granddaughter, Victoria Cox.

Ross was a very active member of a local detachment of the Marine Corps League in Louisville. He helped the organization find its new office location and secure a donation from a company to replace the floors.

The leader of the group has flown with Ross and says he was recognized for the impact he made on the Marine Corps League detachment this year.

“He was the Marine of the Year, selected because of the contribution he made. We have a special chair the Marine of the Year sits in, obviously, that chair is gonna have a black ribbon on it," said Commandant John Froehlich.

The Marine Corps League Detachment is working on other ways to honor and remember Ross.

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