Joseph Ray ‘Russ’ Russell

June 29, 1935-May 28, 2012


Joseph Ray Russell, (known as Russ) beloved husband, father and grandfather, of Parma, Idaho, passed away peacefully May 28, 2012, after spending his last day with his family by his side.

Russ was born in Heyburn, Idaho, to Francis Love and Josephine Clyde Russell June 29, 1935, as the youngest of four children. He moved with his family to Nyssa, Ore., in 1938, when his father went there to help build the Sugar Factory. In 1941, the family moved to Apple Valley (Parma), Idaho. He started school in Apple Valley and graduated from Parma High School. In 1960, Russ married Karen Greaves in Parma, ID, and had two daughters, Lori and Penne and were later divorced. In 1971, he met Audrey and they had a daughter, Jeneen. In 1983, Ray met and married Donna in Independence, Ore. Some time later, she died of cancer. In 2002, he met the love of his life, Jeanie Bright, and they were married Nov., 26, 2002. They had a sweet life together and shared many wonderful times with their grown children and grandchildren. Russ was a trusted and loving father, husband and friend. He loved nature and animals and took care of many that crossed his path. He used to say, I can’t let them go hungry so he and his wife Jeanie fed many cats, squirrels, and birds and he loved each and every one of them. He enjoyed camping, fishing, rock hounding, motorcycling, the Owyhee mountains and the desert.

He saw so much beauty in life and everything that God created.

Whenever someone needed his help, he was there to lend a helping hand or a kind word. He will be greatly missed by his family who adored him and by the dear friends who could always count on him. We will remember your great sense of humor and how you made us laugh. We will love and miss your smile but we know that one day we will all be reunited again.

A celebration of Russ’s life will be held Friday, June 1, 2012, at 11 a.m. in the Nyssa Christian Fellowship Church, at 220 South Fifth St. in Nyssa Ore.

Private cremation will be held under the direction of the Haren-Wood Funeral Chapels, Ontario, Payette.

Russ was preceded in death by his mother and father, Francis and Josephine Russell; and brothers Keith and Blaine Russell.

Russ leaves behind his loving and devoted wife Jeanie; three daughters, Lori Brown, of Payette, Idaho, Penne Stimpson (Kim), of Meridian, Idaho, and Jeneen Farias (Danny), of Mt. Vernon, Wash.; 10 grandchildren, Cameron (April), Serena (Eldon), Shalee (Jonathan), Beau, Sean (Crystal), Aubrey (Evan Emerson), Evan, Trey, Johnny and Joey; plus eight great-grandchildren.

Also Jeanie’s children, whom he considered and loved as his own, Shauna Rowen (Jeff), Travis Bright (Tammy), Dan Bright (Katrina), Cheri Wilson (Dan); her 28 grandchildren, Brandi and Josh who held a special place in his heart and five great-grandchildren and his sister, Elaine Hicks and her family.

To the following at Complex Care Hospital of Idaho, Russ’s family wishes to express our deepest gratitude: Dr. Burns, who was Russ’s main doctor who watched over his many health issues and strived to give him the best quality of life possible during the last months of his life, the many compassionate nurses, respiratory therapists and physical therapists who made him feel special, valued and sincerely cared about him.

And to Pastor Dale who was so comforting and offered spiritual guidance to Russ and to all those who visited and kept him in their prayers.

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