Let the memory of Russell be with us forever.
  • 81 years old
  • Born on April 23, 1938 in Ona, West Virginia, United States.
  • Passed away on October 8, 2019 in Northridge, California, United States.
Beloved Father, Grandfather, Uncle and Friend.

Russell slipped quietly away on Tuesday October 8th at 3:03pm in Northridge, California. 

Born in Ona, West Virginia, he made his living as an electrician. In his free time he loved to fly model airplanes. His family and friends would tell you that he was a brilliant story teller. Holding your attention to the very last word and always left you wanting more. His "one liners" could always put a smile on your face. One of the favorites was “Fine as a Frog Hair, Split Four Ways”.

He is survived by his six children, Tina, Katrina, Kris, Tammy, Russell Jr and Richard. 

Please use this page to leave comforting words for the family, share photos or to share your stories and memories of Russ. 

Posted by Kris Francies on October 27, 2019
Daddy I love and miss you so much... I will cherish all the memories that I have of you.. You are deeply missed.. I know that you are in heaven with mom now,tell her I love her and miss her.. Fly high daddy till we meet again...
 Love you dad to the moon and back...
Posted by Phil Suwa on October 25, 2019
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Thomas family. I pray for the peace to be in all of your hearts. May Lords grace be with you all.
Posted by Helen Wolfington on October 24, 2019
Uncle Russ was always kind to my precious mother and to me as a child. Always the gentleman! Always laughing! Sadly the last time I really talked with him was at my wedding in 1969 and then I moved to Colorado. Peace and love to you uncle Russ. Say hello to my beloved grandpa,uncles Michael, Skip and Bob! We could all use a good laugh now!
Posted by Katrina Stout on October 23, 2019
Daddy I miss you and I want you to know that I love you. Take care of mom. Love you to the moon and back. 

Posted by Diana Kreps on October 23, 2019
When you and Skip get together, thunder will roll. Behave yourself up there. <3 
Posted by Richard Thomas on October 23, 2019
You will be sorely missed. I thank you for the memories and silly wisdom you bestowed on me, for me you always made everything small. In your words.. "Don't Sweat the Small Shit" Give em Hell up there and Square Away Mister
I will always Love You Dad
Posted by Curtis Marple on October 22, 2019
Although I did not know Russ for long, he always made me laugh when we were together. He will be missed.
Posted by Dawn Marple on October 22, 2019
I love you Uncle Russ! Give 'em heck up there!!

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