Elnathan Allen Ross, aka “Allen,” age 79, of Lake Worth, FL, passed away suddenly, on January 29, 2021 in West Palm Beach, FL. Allen was born May 29, 1941, in Chicago, IL, to Christopher Elnathan Ross and Mildred (Allen) Ross. A visitation will be held Thursday, February 4, 2021, 11 a.m. until the 1 p.m. service, with Reverend Charles Russ presiding, at Lakeside Funeral Home, 11347 Okeechobee Blvd., Royal Palm Beach, FL 33411.
Allen was the eldest of six children. He played the alto saxophone in the family band, “The Instrumentals.” The band mainly played at churches all over Chicago and many surrounding states during the 60’s. Allen attended Woodrow Wilson Community College until November 21, 1963, when he was drafted into the Army during the Vietnam Conflict. Following his military duty, he moved back to Detroit where he married Franziska Frizell and had a daughter Tammy. Most of Allen’s work life was spent in Detroit where he worked as a telephone lineman, a postal carrier, then transitioned to the auto industry as a security officer and shift supervisor at Volkswagen of America. Allen attended the University of Michigan Fire Academy where he received his certification as a Fire Inspector. He moved to Atlanta, GA, where he worked for their fire department as a Fire Safety Specialist.
Allen had many interests; arts, crafts, surfing, bike riding, a car enthusiast, and staying fit. He learned to fly a single engine airplane at the age of 40. A fond memory of his was becoming an honorary chapter member of the Tuskegee Airmen and flew as a crewman on a B7 flight. Another great experience was when he drove an Indy Race car on the Indy Speedway at 100 mph for four laps. He also did some deep-sea diving where he interacted with sharks.
Allen is survived by his dear daughter, Tammy (Mike) Carroll; his beloved grandchildren, Greg Turner, Steven (Gabby) Turner, and Harley Carroll; his treasured brother, David “Neal” (the late Jean) Ross; a great-granddaughter, Sanina Turner; nieces and nephews, Michelle, Brian, Tracy, and Eric Ross; and many other dear relatives and friends who survive.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his ex-wife, Fran; his brothers, Mark, Emanuel, Joel aka “Verdayne”, and Jonathan “Rick” Ross.
Memorials in Allen’s memory may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, by clicking on this link:
https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/donate This is a cherished organization of Allen’s.
In Allen's memory, donations can also be made to: Lake Worth First Church of the Nazarene, 1401 2nd Avenue North, Lake Worth, FL. 33460
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