BRIDGEWATER — Memorial services for John T. Russ, 70, who died April 28 at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in White River Junction after a long illness, will be held Saturday, May 4 at the Bridgewater Congregational Church at 11 a.m.
He was born Nov. 6, 1942 in Jamaica, Queens, N.Y., a son of Kostica G. and Margaret (Lehman) Russ.
John was raised in the St. Francis Boys Home in Ellsworth, Kan. and graduated from Ellsworth High School in 1961. He immediately enlisted in the Marine Corps and served during the Cuban Missile Crises as a mine installer around Guantanamo Bay Navel Station. In 1965 he was honorably discharged from the Marine Corp and shortly thereafter he joined the Air Force. During this time he served in three Red Horse Engineering Squadrons in Vietnam, 1966-1967 in the 820th CES, 1968-1969 823rd, and 1970-1971 554th CES. In 1972 he retired from the military and he traveled the world before settling down in 1984.
He was married to Sandra Robinson and they resided in Cornish, N.H. for 15 years, later moving to Bridgewater. During this time he worked for many years at Thermal Dynamics in Lebanon, retiring in 2009. He liked to keep busy so he later held a job at Welch’s True Value in Woodstock.
John was an avid fisherman, an accomplished hunter and wildlife photographer who enjoyed spending time in the water kayaking and taking in the sights. But what he loved most was spending time with his wife and family.
He is survived by his loving wife Sandra Russ of Bridgewater; a son Thomas J. Russ of Ruskin, Fla; two daughters, Ramona Rene Sylvis of Ruskin, Fla., and Jill Lamy of Plant City, Fla, a step-daughter, Robin Verge of Pensacola, Fla. and seven grandchildren.
He was predeceased by a son, Michael A. Russ; and a stepbrother Robert McCleve.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Neighbors Helping Neighbors, PO Box 73, Bridgewater Corners, 05035.
The Knight Funeral Home in White River Junction assisted with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to John’s family in an online guestbook at www.knightfuneralhomes.com.
This obituary first appeared in the May 2, 2013 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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