Ross Augustine Malone II

Ross Augustine Malone II Ross Augustine Malone, beloved husband of Elly H. Malone for 43 years, passed away on December 26, 2012 after a lengthy illness at the age of 75. Ross was born in Austin's old Seton Hospital on October 11, 1937 to Beatrice Marie and Ross Malone. He spent his childhood in Kingsville, Texas, under the watchful eyes of his mother and grandfather, John Finnegan, his mentor and father figure. They raised him to be a devout Catholic and to follow his faith in every aspect of his life in the Irish tradition of his mother's family. After attending Castroville Military School, he graduated from Kingsville High School. Ross went on to attend Notre Dame for several years as an aeronautical engineering student. Realizing that his passion was to fly airplanes rather than design them, Ross joined the Navy, serving his country as a Navy fighter pilot during the Cuban Missile crisis, and for many years on the USS Enterprise. After service in the Navy he returned to Austin, graduated from the University of Texas and later in life from St. Edward's University with an advanced degree. Having lived around the world, Austin became home. Ross retired from the City of Austin, where he worked as the IT manager at Austin Energy. He was a member of St. Austin's Catholic Church, participating in many ministries there. Ross will be greatly missed by his family and friends who survive him, his wife, Elly, his beloved son and best friend, Gregory. His adored grandchildren, Alex and Briella, brought great joy to his life. He will also be missed by his brother-in-law, Eric Houben, as well as family and many friends in Austria. In his travels and at home, Ross established lasting friendships with many different people from different cultures. He held them all in the highest respect. Wherever he went and in all he did, Ross was a wonderful representative of both his faith and his country. A memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, January 5 at 10:30 am at St Austin's Catholic Church at 2026 Guadalupe Street, Austin, TX, 78705. His ashes will be entombed at Ft. Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to the Diabetes Foundation or St. Jude's Children's Hospital.

Published in Austin American-Statesman on Jan. 3, 2013