Alan Richard Ross was born August 23, 1939 in Edmonds, Washington, “Big Al” passed away peacefully in his sleep at the age of 78 on March 30, 2018 at home in Redmond, Washington.
Al grew up on the Eastside – his parents (Gordon and Kay) raised him in Beaux Arts Village with his sister Kay Wetzel (Charles) and brother, Doug. Al graduated from Lathrop (Alaska) High School after a move before his Senior year. But, he returned and graduated from the University of Washington in 1962 with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy. Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity was very important to Al during and after college. Because of that, he served as an advisor to Pi Kappa Alpha for decades.
Afterward, a scholarship for the most improved grade point average was named in his honor. He loved the Huskies and he loved the Pikes.
After college, Al met his wife of 51 years on Mercer Island. Despite the Apple Cup angst, Al and Gwen have two children, Brian (Carol) and Brett (Heather) – and three grandchildren: Tanner, Aisha, and Haley – all of which knew of his grandpa jokes. His nieces were also dear to him: Linda Hamilton (John), Laurie Hayward (Mike), and Karen Wetzel.
Al was widely known through Lakeside Drug in Redmond – he was a Pharmacist there for 44 years, owning and operating the business (alone or in partnership) from the early 1990’s until his retirement in 2008. He has many life-long friends he has worked with or who were loyal customers – and he loved that family!
Besides his family and Lakeside Drug, Al's love was the family cabin on Treasure Island where July 4th was always a family celebration with a parade and fireworks.
In lieu of flowers, donations are welcomed to Northwest Kidney Centers or Pi Kappa Alpha Al Ross Scholarship: https://pikefoundation.webconnex.com/PLO (Please make sure to note "Al Ross Scholarship / Beta Beta Chapter" in the "Please note any special consideration for your gift:" field).