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Ross Herbert Ehlinger
  • Checks can be dropped off at any Chase Bank and a permanent fund in Ross' name will be solidified once legal documents are filed. Reference numbers for the account are 478128921 ABA# 021 000 021.
  • In lieu of flowers, please donate to "The Ross Ehlinger Athletic Scholarship Fund". The fund will benefit athletic-based college or camp scholorships for Austin, underpriviledged youth. Checks can be made out to Jamil Alam with a reference to the fund

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“Love, love this man and his family! I'm sure he and Scott have several baseball/football teams in Heaven! Love you Jena and kiddos! ”
1 of 100+ | Posted by: Janie and Pat Boyle - Austin, TX

“What to say to someone you have not spoken to for years and find out their husband has passed. U are NEVER alone. I lost my dad in July and had to do...Read More »
2 of 100+ | Posted by: LaQuita Brown - Austin, TX

“Dear Ehlinger Family:I just learned of Ross' passing. Please accept my most sincere condolences. I had a number of cases with Ross on the other...Read More »
3 of 100+ | Posted by: A friend

“Ross was my first boyfriend when we were in the 7th grade at Eisenhower Middle School. He was a gentleman, even at that age. I am so saddened to hear...Read More »
4 of 100+ | Posted by: Tracy Ann Ross - San Antonio, TX

“I offer my sincere sympathy to you and your entire family. I worked "against" Ross on a number of cases over the last ten years. He was simply the...Read More »
5 of 100+ | Posted by: Robert Ranco - Georgetown, TX

“Dear Jena,Words are not adequate in telling you how heartbroken I am to hear of your immeasurable loss. I can only imagine the deep pain and grief...Read More »
6 of 100+ | Posted by: Julie Walker Henley - Tampa, FL

“Jena, I am so very sorry to hear about ross. I have kept up with you off and on through the years through your Mom when she worked at Harold Powell...Read More »
7 of 100+ | Posted by: Susie Weiss Davidson - Houston, TX

“Wanted to say how sorry i am for your family's loss. Grew up with Ross in Hollywood Park and played basketball with him on a lot of CYO teams at St....Read More »
8 of 100+ | Posted by: Robert Stocke - San Antonio, TX

“Jena,I'm so very sorry for your loss and all that you have been going through. I learned about Ross just before Spring Break and how wonderful his...Read More »
9 of 100+ | Posted by: Stephanie Hamilton - Houston, TX

“Dear Ross Ehlinger Family.I only learned the stunning news of Ross' death today. He was an exceptional lawyer and a great man, husband, and father...Read More »
10 of 100+ | Posted by: Ben Cunningham - Austin, TX

“Dear Mr. & Mrs. Ehlinger, My heart goes out to you and yours. Ross and I went school together starting at Coker Methodist Pre School in 1969, and...Read More »
11 of 100+ | Posted by: Lesli Chandler Coons - Austin, TX

“Dear Mrs. Ehlinger and family, I am very sorry for your loss. We do not know each other. I read about the loss of your husband on the internet. I...Read More »
12 of 100+ | Posted by: Barbara Catalano - Jackson, NJ

“Jena -Brian and I are at a loss for words. We just heard the news and are so very sorry. We know what an incredibly strong person you are and know...Read More »
13 of 100+ | Posted by: Lisa and Brian Buss - Houston, TX

“Dear Jena and family, My sincerest condolences on the passing of Ross. I was so sorry to hear the news last week. I don't know if you remember me,...Read More »
14 of 100+ | Posted by: Meagan Anderson Clanahan - Katy, TX

“Being opposite of Ross on many cases, Ross never made me or my clients ever feel uncomfortable. Starting with his terrific smile, Ross had an unique...Read More »
15 of 100+ | Posted by: J. Scott Helwig - Austin, TX

“Dear Ehlinger Family and Friends, As a member of the triathlon family, I was shocked to hear about Ross. He sounds like a wonderful family man and...Read More »
16 of 100+ | Posted by: Lisa Uithoven - Menlo Park, CA

“Dear Ehlinger Family, My prayers go out to you. I can't imagine what you must be feeling. I have been thinking about you every day. God's strength ...Read More »
17 of 100+ | Posted by: Kerri Hampton - Austin, TX

“Jena, Sam, Jake, Morgan & all the family,We are so sorry by your loss. Ross was a class act on all levels! He will be sorely missed by so many. You...Read More »
18 of 100+ | Posted by: Sherrie, Jolly, Jonathan, James & Thomas Hayden - TX

“Jena, I was so sorry to hear about Ross. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. ”
19 of 100+ | Posted by: Kim Salvetti - Denver, CO

“To the family, i am very sorry for your loss. I did not know Ross very well but I do know he was a really nice person. I would always see a smile on...Read More »
20 of 100+ | Posted by: Ron Wright - Pflugerville, TX

“Our hearts break for all of you. We feel so blessed to have known Ross. He has left us a beautiful legacy through each of you. We will carry on his...Read More »
21 of 100+ | Posted by: Tiffany Brumley - Austin, TX

“Oh Jena - How sorry we were to hear about Ross. Though it has been many years, Jeff and I reminisce fondly of those early times together with you...Read More »
22 of 100+ | Posted by: Jennifer and Jeff George - CO

“My sincere condolences and deepest sympathy to you, your family and close friends, Did not know Ross but I had been involved with the original...Read More »
23 of 100+ | Posted by: Vincent Huang - San Francisco, CA

“As a triathlete, I am sure Ross had a huge joy for life. My dad passed away in the Ironman Canada Triathlon in the swim portion in 2009 so I feel...Read More »
24 of 100+ | Posted by: Tim Wiwchar - Sherwood Park, AB

“My deepest condolences to the Ehlinger family. I hadn't seen Ross since we graduated from high school, but always remember him as such a nice person...Read More »
25 of 100+ | Posted by: Patty Oliver Sepulveda - TX

“Dear Ehlinger Family,We are heartbroken about your loss. It was too soon for Ross to leave this Earth. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are...Read More »
26 of 100+ | Posted by: Erin Nelson - Austin, TX

“As a long time member of the Triathlon Community my heart is filled with sadness as this world has lost a great husband, father and friend to so many...Read More »
27 of 100+ | Posted by: Bill Burke - New Orleans, LA

“The Westlake community is a wonderful place because of people like Ross. You will be sorely missed. Our prayers go out to your family. ”
28 of 100+ | Posted by: Paul Lamb - Austin, TX - Friend

“How I will miss you my friend. Thank you every moment shared. Rest, knowing your Sbrocco's will pour a lifetime of love on your four. ”
29 of 100+ | Posted by: Brian Sbrocco - Austin, TX

“Dear Herb, Vivian, Dan and Steve, I am so sorry to hear of Ross's passing. I am just devastated and in disbelief that he is actually gone. It...Read More »
30 of 100+ | Posted by: Steve Clark - San Antonio, TX

“Dear sweet Jena,I am so deeply sad about Ross and so sorry for you and your precious children. I will always remember how madly in love he was with...Read More »
31 of 100+ | Posted by: A friend

“Jena - Our family was so fortunate to have Ross touch our lives. We pray you find peace and comfort. William (TM Blue), Juliianna (PW Red Cheer),...Read More »
32 of 100+ | Posted by: Luis Garcia - Austin, TX

“We are so saddened. Ross truly epitomized what youth sports should be all about. We admired his sportsmanship , his friendliness, his...Read More »
33 of 100+ | Posted by: Scott and Kirsten Hanna (on behalf of the Four Points Pop Warner - TX

34 of 100+ | Posted by: JACK MARONEY - AUSTIN, TX

“May the light of his smile and love for his family, friends and community shine for eternity. Love, The Robertsons ”
35 of 100+ | Posted by: Anne Robertson - Austin, TX

“Jena, I just wanted you to know I am thinking and praying for you and your children. Love, Kelly ”
36 of 100+ | Posted by: Kelly Munn Zenner

“Ross was not only an exceptional coach but a wonderful person and a role model for joy. He made a lasting impact in the life of our son Gabriel and...Read More »
37 of 100+ | Posted by: Cris, Adriana an Gabriel Lozano - TX

“Dear Ehlinger and extended families, I am so sorry for your loss. I had the pleasure of working on many small cases throughout the years with Ross...Read More »
38 of 100+ | Posted by: Stephen Toland - Austin, TX

“Jena,I was so sad to hear about Ross. I know your family is in shock and just taking one step in front of the other. I am praying for each of you. ...Read More »
39 of 100+ | Posted by: Ann Conner-Yarbrough - Dallas, TX

“I worked with Ross many times over the past 15 years. He is one of the best people I've ever met. He always talked about family. He was always...Read More »
40 of 100+ | Posted by: Allen Rogers - Austin, TX

“I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family and friends. I am an Austin Triathlete who was also participating in...Read More »
41 of 100+ | Posted by: Julie H - Austin, TX

“So sorry for your loss, my heart goes out to your family at this time. ”
42 of 100+ | Posted by: Brad Fehr - Edmonton, AB

“So sorry to hear about your loss. I was racing in that race as well. I am 45 years old and it really hit home. My family and I pass on our...Read More »
43 of 100+ | Posted by: Mike Gerencser - St. Albert, AB

“Dear Jena -Kevin and I just wanted you to know how heartbroken we were to hear the news about Ross. I remember what a great guy he was in college...Read More »
44 of 100+ | Posted by: Kathleen and Kevin Panus - TX

“Our thoughts and prayers are with your family in this difficult time. ”
45 of 100+ | Posted by: The Shindler Family - Austin, TX

“Dear Jena,I lived next door to the Ehlinger's for quite a few years and watched Ross grow up from a young boy to a teenager. I was there many times...Read More »
46 of 100+ | Posted by: Steve & Cheryl Clark - TX

“May God give you and your whole family the patience, wisdom and faith to know he's in God's Grace now and his spirit is still alive and remains, just...Read More »
47 of 100+ | Posted by: Dina Tebcherany,MD & Jimmy Nassour & Family - TX

“Jena, Sam, Jake and Morgen, We are so very sorry for your loss. Our hearts ache deeply for each of you during this time of tremendous sorrow and...Read More »
48 of 100+ | Posted by: Zurovec Family - Austin, TX

“I didn't know your dad very well but I did see him at one of your lacrosse games. I was there watching William play. I was really in to the game, but...Read More »
49 of 100+ | Posted by: JT Sparks - Austin, TX

“Although we have never met, we wish to extend our deepest condolences to the family, friends and fellow athletes. As parents of 3 young children,...Read More »
50 of 100+ | Posted by: Dr Calley and Scott Hille - SC

“Jena, Kids, Family and Friends, A hearty hello and condolences from an old friend and pledge brother of Ross's. The statement of his being a...Read More »
51 of 100+ | Posted by: Michael Heinrich - San Antonio, TX

“Jena and precious kids- I was heartbroken to hear that sweet Ross had gone to Heaven. I'm not able to go to service tmrw but will b thinking and...Read More »
52 of 100+ | Posted by: Aren maccabe and family - Austin, TX

“The reality that we are all mortal is a very hard thing to take, I have worked with Ross on different cases for the last 10 years or more, and he was...Read More »
53 of 100+ | Posted by: Deborah Hensley Loewe - Austin, TX

“I was at the race on Sunday. My son was participating in the event . When I heard the sirens my heart sank..a prayer for your husband was said. Know...Read More »
54 of 100+ | Posted by: Frances K Gilbert - tacoma, WA

“Jena,Thinking and praying for you and your sweet family. You have always been the example of a loving and compassionate person in the office and my...Read More »
55 of 100+ | Posted by: Deborah Thorn - Houston, TX

“So very very sorry for your loss Jena ! You and your family are in my families thought and prayers.... Always, Clare Stedman and family. ”
56 of 100+ | Posted by: A friend

“There are simply no words that could fill, in even the smallest way, the emptiness your beautiful family must feel in losing such an extraordinary...Read More »
57 of 100+ | Posted by: Sally Robb - Austin, TX

“Dearest Jena, My heart aches for you and your children, and I'm keeping you in prayer, that our Heavenly Father will envelop you in his loving arms...Read More »
58 of 100+ | Posted by: Marisa Vallbona - La Jolla, CA

“Remebering a life which touched so many people in positive ways. ”
59 of 100+ | Posted by: - Houston, TX

“"...Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done..", so very hard to understand when the good and the best among us die young. May Ross rest in the Promises,...Read More »
60 of 100+ | Posted by: - Houston, Texas

“Dear sweet Jena,You are in my thoughts and prayers now and in the days to come. I am so very sorry that this tragedy happened to such a wonderful...Read More »
61 of 100+ | Posted by: Diana Pate - Austin, TX

“Dear Ehlinger Family, As a second generation open water swimmer with over 60 years experience and a registered nurse, I was a medical volunteer for...Read More »
62 of 100+ | Posted by: Paula Speidel, RN - CA

“Jena and children, Pat and I are heartbroken for the loss of Ross. We know how very much Scott loved you as do we and oh, Ross was such a great...Read More »
63 of 100+ | Posted by: Janie and Pat Boyle - Austin, TX

“Ross was a good friend from college on, and I was always pleased to be associated with him in his work and play. I will miss him deeply. Ken...Read More »
64 of 100+ | Posted by: Ken Campbell - Austin, TX

“Both Lee and are so sorry to hear of Ross's passing. We never had the honor or privilege of meeting Ross, but we heard so many great things through...Read More »
65 of 100+ | Posted by: Ron and Lee Smoak - Canton, GA

“Jena and family: please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. I thank God that I was blessed to know and have a wonderful friend in my life...Read More »
66 of 100+ | Posted by: Tomishia Williams - Austin, TX

“I was a participant in the race on Sunday. I'm extremelly shook up from the passing of Ross. My prayers are with the family. RIP Ross ”
67 of 100+ | Posted by: Stephan Moreau - Victoria, BC

“Jena, Lots of love and prayers are being sent your way. It is obvious that Ross is very much beloved. He cast such a wide net in college and never...Read More »
68 of 100+ | Posted by: Julie Gregg Addington - Austin, TX

“Jena, I am a friend of your mothers.I am so sorry to hear about your loss. May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. ”
69 of 100+ | Posted by: Beverly Herbert - Houston, TX

“Jena and family, We are so sad to hear of your loss. Please know that you and your family will remain in our prayers. ”
70 of 100+ | Posted by: Chris & Ashley Hotze - Houston, TX

“Jena...our hearts are saddened for all of your precious family. Know that we are with you in spirit and prayer...and send all our love. Nan and...Read More »
71 of 100+ | Posted by: Nan and Howard Yost - Kansas City

“Jena, Sam, Jake, and Morgen,I was able to be around your wonderful family when Courtney was your nanny. I was in awe of the love that y'all shared. I...Read More »
72 of 100+ | Posted by: Marissa Giesecke

“Such a wonderful father and husband. I will think of him often . Great memories. ”
73 of 100+ | Posted by: Susan chambers - Austin, TX

“Dear Herb, Vivian and Family,I am so sorry for your loss. I remember Ross with you all at the swimming pool. I know that he is with God and will...Read More »
74 of 100+ | Posted by: Susan Ehlinger Burrier - TX

“With our deepest sympathies, Helen and Michael EhlingerFalls Church, Virginia ”
75 of 100+ | Posted by: A friend

“Jena, Sam, Jake & Morgen, We are thinking about you every minute of the day. All of our love, The Porters. Michael, Bella, Larry & Lisa ”
76 of 100+ | Posted by: The Porters - Austin, TX - Friend

“Love you all dearly and am storming heaven with prayers for you all! xoxo ”
77 of 100+ | Posted by: A friend

“I was proud to served on the Westlake Pop Warner Board of Directors with Ross and got to know the family through youth sports. Ross lead by example....Read More »
78 of 100+ | Posted by: Stacy Turlington Dollar - Austin, TX

“Jena-My heart is breaking for you. Please know that you and your kids will be in my constant prayers. May God give you the strength you need to get...Read More »
79 of 100+ | Posted by: JoAnna Butler Hurley San Antonio

“3/6/13 We lost a good friend today doingwhat he love to do I met Ross through WYBA he always had a smile on his face he will be missed by his great...Read More »
80 of 100+ | Posted by: Darrell Cooper - Austin, TX

“Vivian & Herb,My heart goes out to you on the loss ofRoss. What a great young man. I rememberhim as a fun kid. Love, Johnnie Gibbons ”
81 of 100+ | Posted by: Johnnie Gibbons - San Antonio, TX

“My best memory of Ross is the time he showed up for a deposition with an extremely fat lip, and explained that he'd been playing catch with his son...Read More »
82 of 100+ | Posted by: A friend

“I met Ross for about a minute in my boss's office recently. In that minute, it was obvious his kids and wife rocked his world daily and that his...Read More »
83 of 100+ | Posted by: A lucky person in an office - TX

“JenaThis is Ricky Williams the basketball official in the WLYBA. I am truly shocked and sorrowed about Ross . He was a wonderful person to whom I...Read More »
84 of 100+ | Posted by: Ricky Williams - Austin, TX

“I met Ross and his parents briefly in May of 1972 as his brother Steve, my roommate, and I were nearing graduation from UT. Steve affectionately...Read More »
85 of 100+ | Posted by: John Armstrong - Greenville, TX

“Jena and family, I am so deeply sorry for the tremendous loss you and your family are going through. I did not know Ross but my family and I suffered...Read More »
86 of 100+ | Posted by: Michaela Angelo - Beverly, MA

“Ross - We will always remember you. You have been a mentor to my husband and I always enjoyed hearing your stories - especially about your family....Read More »
87 of 100+ | Posted by: - Austin, TX

“Words alone can't express our sadness and sorrow that we feel for your family. Please know that we will continue to keep you all in our thoughts and...Read More »
88 of 100+ | Posted by: Michelle & Matt Walker - Austin, TX

“We are so sorry for your loss and will keep you all in our thoughts & prayers. ”
89 of 100+ | Posted by: Smiles of Austin Dr. Franklin & Collins - TX

“Jena and FamilyMy deepest heartfelt sympathy goes out to you and your family. May gods love, strength and hope be blessed upon you!Much love,The...Read More »
90 of 100+ | Posted by: Laura Cochrane - Austin, TX

“Jena,We just recently got reintroduced after years of being out of touch, but I am so heartbroken for you and your sweet angels. Please find...Read More »
91 of 100+ | Posted by: Stephanie Smith Landry - Austin, TX

“I worked with Ross both against him in cases and when he served as an Ad Litem. I cannot think of too many lawyers I have found more honest,...Read More »
92 of 100+ | Posted by: Adan Loewy - Austin, TX

“To the Ehlinger Family, I am so very sorry for your loss. Words are inadequate in this situation, but I can only hope that the many thoughts and...Read More »
93 of 100+ | Posted by: Angela Abney - Austin, TX

“Jena Sam jake and morgen:Thoughts and prayers from the anderson family. Jen and Chris anderson ”
94 of 100+ | Posted by: A friend

“So sorry for your loss. I participated in Alcatraz Sunday and my heart dropped when I heard the news. Sending peace & strength to your family. ”
95 of 100+ | Posted by: Jennifer Galeo - Austin, TX

“Ross you were truly one of my favorite people! You were there to give me advice & a hug. The respect & love you showed Jena made me strive for the...Read More »
96 of 100+ | Posted by: Kelly - Austin, TX - Friend

“Rest In Peace Ross. it was a pleasure to have known and played football with you. You are a Great Man. albert ”
97 of 100+ | Posted by: albert b zuniga - san antonio, TX

“You had kind eyes and a soft smile to match that awesome personality. I wish you the most beautiful and eternal rest. Your journey completed - you...Read More »
98 of 100+ | Posted by: Krishella Chandler-Robinson - TX

“Thanks for the memories coach............ you were the best. GiGi and PawPaw Tripp's g'parents ”
99 of 100+ | Posted by: Peggy Graham and Bill Hoermann - TX

“My condolences to the the Ehlinger family. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. ”
100 of 100+ | Posted by: Helen Hunter - Austin, TX

Ross Herbert Ehlinger
(June 29, 1966-March 3, 2013)

Ross Herbert Ehlinger, beloved father, husband, son, brother, uncle, friend, coach and sports enthusiast, went to join his Heavenly Father on March 3 while visiting San Francisco. With his ready smile and unwavering work ethic, Ross was a successful trial lawyer for more than 20 years who fought for the underdog. Tough but fair, he was deeply respected by his peers and had recently been inducted into the American Board of Trial Advocates. While gratified by professional success, his world revolved around his wife and children.

Born in San Antonio to Herbert and Vivian, Ross was forever the "little brother" to Steve and Dan. Despite being the baby of the family, everyone looked to him for strength, wisdom, unwavering optimism, and steady moral compass. Throughout his life, he often found himself a leader not because he liked to be in charge, but because others wanted it so. People leaned in when he spoke, waiting to hear his opinion.

After graduating from San Antonio Churchill High School, Ross earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin. He was a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity and the prestigious Silver Spurs service organization. During his sophomore year, Ross met the love of his life, Jena Cissel of Houston. They were instantly inseparable and began planning their future. After graduating from St. Mary's University School of Law in San Antonio, Ross and Jena married in 1993. They were blessed with three amazing children: Samuel George Ehlinger, 14; Jacob McAdams Ehlinger, 12; and Morgen Adeline Ehlinger, 9.

It's hard to imagine a prouder father. Ross took an enthusiastic role in his kids' lives, coaching youth baseball, basketball, lacrosse and football. Whether cheering from the sidelines of Morgen's basketball games or serving the last two years as president of Westlake Pop Warner Football where Sam and Jake both excelled, Ross spent thousands of hours supporting the dreams of his own children and countless others. He never missed an opportunity to stop and talk to a player, lifting them up with an attaboy. His words of encouragement will impact many young people in ways yet unknown.

His love of sports, travel, and adventure was infectious. Ross's twinkling blue eyes never shined brighter than when talking about Jena and the kids. Well traveled and worldly, he still preferred his cowboy boots and pickup. He was a genuine and straightforward communicator, whether talking to old friends or a judge and jury. A standout football player in high school, Ross remained committed to an active lifestyle and had completed several marathons, triathlons worldwide, and Half-Ironmans. God called Ross to Heaven doing what he loved as he competed in the swim portion of the Escape to Alcatraz Triathlon. Ross Ehlinger is survived by his wife, children, parents, brothers, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and countless friends. The Ehlingers' home is a regular gathering spot for all of these beloved people, and Ross could often be found outside watching the kids play basketball in the driveway or throw a football around the yard. We know Ross will continue to watch over them, in every game they play and adventure they pursue.

Ross would ask that you honor a life well loved. Spend time with your children, love your wife, respect your husband, share your faith, lead with courage and compassion, walk in truth, forgive freely, and always look for the joy. In lieu of flowers, please donate to "The Ross Ehlinger Athletic Scholarship Fund". The fund will benefit athletic-based college or camp scholorships for Austin, underpriviledged youth. Checks can be made out to Jamil Alam with a reference to the fund in the memo, and dropped off at any Chase Bank location. A permanent fund in Ross' name will be solidified once legal documents are filed. Reference numbers for the account are 478128921 ABA# 021 000 021.