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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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“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 »
1 of 41 | Posted by: Tracy Ann Ross - San Antonio, TX

“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...Read More »
2 of 41 | 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...Read More »
3 of 41 | Posted by: Robert Stocke - San Antonio, 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 »
4 of 41 | 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. ...Read More »
5 of 41 | Posted by: Barbara Catalano - Jackson, NJ

“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 »
6 of 41 | Posted by: Meagan Anderson Clanahan - Katy, TX

“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...Read More »
7 of 41 | Posted by: Kerri Hampton - Austin, TX

“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 »
8 of 41 | Posted by: Patty Oliver Sepulveda - TX

“The Westlake community is a wonderful place because of people like Ross. You will be sorely missed. Our prayers go out to your family. ”
9 of 41 | Posted by: Paul Lamb - Austin, TX - Friend

“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 »
10 of 41 | Posted by: Cris, Adriana an Gabriel Lozano - 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 »
11 of 41 | Posted by: Steve Clark - San Antonio, TX

“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 »
12 of 41 | 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 »
13 of 41 | Posted by: Scott and Kirsten Hanna (on behalf of the Four Points Pop Warner - TX

“THE DEATH OF ROSS IS A TERRIBLE TRAGEDY AND A TRULY GREAT LOSS NOT ONLY TO HIS SPLENDID FAMILY, BUT TO THE LEGAL PROFESSIOON AND OUR COMMUNITY. ...Read More »
14 of 41 | 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 ”
15 of 41 | 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 ”
16 of 41 | Posted by: Kelly Munn Zenner

“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 »
17 of 41 | Posted by: Michael Heinrich - San Antonio, 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 »
18 of 41 | 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 »
19 of 41 | 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 »
20 of 41 | Posted by: Dr Calley and Scott Hille - SC

“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 »
21 of 41 | Posted by: Aren maccabe and family - 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 »
22 of 41 | Posted by: Frances K Gilbert - tacoma, WA

“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...Read More »
23 of 41 | Posted by: Marisa Vallbona - La Jolla, CA

“Dear Ehlinger Family, As a second generation open water swimmer with over 60 years experience and a registered nurse, I was a medical volunteer...Read More »
24 of 41 | 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 »
25 of 41 | Posted by: Janie and Pat Boyle - 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 »
26 of 41 | Posted by: Ron and Lee Smoak - Canton, GA

“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 »
27 of 41 | Posted by: Ken Campbell - Austin, TX

“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 »
28 of 41 | Posted by: Julie Gregg Addington - Austin, TX

“Such a wonderful father and husband. I will think of him often . Great memories. ”
29 of 41 | Posted by: Susan chambers - Austin, TX

“Jena, Sam, Jake & Morgen, We are thinking about you every minute of the day. All of our love, The Porters. Michael, Bella, Larry & Lisa ”
30 of 41 | Posted by: The Porters - Austin, TX - 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 »
31 of 41 | Posted by: Stacy Turlington Dollar - 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 »
32 of 41 | Posted by: John Armstrong - Greenville, 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 »
33 of 41 | Posted by: Angela Abney - 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 »
34 of 41 | Posted by: Kelly - Austin, TX - Friend

“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 »
35 of 41 | Posted by: Krishella Chandler-Robinson - TX

“Rest In Peace Ross. it was a pleasure to have known and played football with you. You are a Great Man. albert ”
36 of 41 | Posted by: albert b zuniga - san antonio, TX

“Ross was an exceptional parent- I know this because I have had his children at summer camp. He lives on through them. His spirit, his compassion and...Read More »
37 of 41 | Posted by: Meg Clark - Kerrville, TX

“Thanks for the memories coach............ you were the best. GiGi and PawPaw Tripp's g'parents ”
38 of 41 | Posted by: Peggy Graham and Bill Hoermann - TX

“My condolences to the the Ehlinger family. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. ”
39 of 41 | Posted by: Helen Hunter - Austin, TX

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40 of 41 | Posted by: Helen Hunter - Austin, TX

“To the Ehlinger's, I am so sorry for you loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time. Though I haven't seen Ross since...Read More »
41 of 41 | Posted by: Tom Hotaling - San Antonio, 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.