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J. Ross Felton, Festival of Lights and Jamboree In The Hills co-founder, dies at 91

The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register

J. Ross Felton Sr.

WHEELING, W.Va. — Whether it’s a hockey game, a country music concert or a tour through the Winter Festival of Lights at Oglebay Park, a key figure in those Ohio Valley attractions was retired businessman and Wheeling resident J. Ross Felton Sr.

Felton died Tuesday at Good Shepherd Nursing Home in Wheeling. He was 91. Felton leaves behind a large loving family and a legacy for his descendants and all residents and visitors to the local region.

Dennis Magruder, Greater Wheeling Sports and Entertainment Authority executive director, called Felton “a very dear friend.” Felton, who served on the board at WesBanco Arena, was “intimately involved” in keeping the Wheeling Nailers hockey team in Wheeling.

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