Cornelius Alan Ross

Cornelius Alan Ross

Cornelius Alan Ross, 62, of Thorne Bay died Feb. 5, 2019, at Whatcom Hospice House in Bellingham, Washington.

He was born Feb. 5, 1957, to Dona Katzenberger Ross and Cornelius A. “Pete” Ross Jr. at Swedish Hospital in Seattle.

 He attended Silverdale Elementary School and Central Kitsap Middle School before graduating in 1975 from Central Kitsap High School in Silverdale, Washington. He attended Washington State University. He worked with his father at Poplars restaurant during high school in Silverdale and later at the Mt. Baker Mushroom Farm near Bellingham.

During the mid ‘80s, he and friends came up to Alaska, to fish on a seiner and was “hooked on Alaska after that,” his family writes. He did some tree thinning and was a deckhand for several years, then bought his own boat, F/V MyDona, which he gillnetted, cucumber-dived and trolled for salmon over the next 30 years around Prince of Wales Island.

In addition to Silverdale, he resided in Naukati, Craig and Thorne Bay.

He met Deborah Oberndorfer in 1998 and they married in Craig on Aug. 10, 2009.

He was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose.

 “Alan loved to hunt, fish and push rocks around with his excavator,” his family writes. “His presence will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him. His was a kind and generous soul, always ready to lend a hand or help anyone in need.

Mr. Ross was preceded in death by his parents, Dona and Pete Ross.

He is survived by his wife, Deborah Oberndorfer Ross; stepchildren, Ehren Oberndorfer of Sitka, Matthew (Kaylee Burk) Carlson of Point Baker, Kelly (Celeste Mora Carson) Carlson of Tacoma, Washington, and twins Skye Oberndorfer and Garrick Oberndorfer of Fairbanks; grandaughter, Shipley Carlson; sisters, Cindy Ross Parker and Renee Ross Leeper; brother-in-law, Larry Leeper; and nieces and nephews, all near Bellingham.

A memorial potluck for friends and family will be held later in the summer at the beach in Naukati. Donations may be made to the PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center Foundation or Whatcom Hospice Foundation.