Steven James Russell, a lifetime resident of South Bend, passed peacefully, in the loving arms of his family on Friday, October 12, 2012, at the family home. Steve was born on September 8, 1949, in South Bend, Washington to Lester Hugh and Margaret Ann ( Remington) Russell. He married Gayle Walker September 17, 1982, in Raymond. Steve and Gayle made their home in South Bend, where they raised their three sons.
Steve earned his Bachelors of Arts in Education from Central Washington University and went to work in many different fields. He was a special education school teacher in South Bend and drove school bus. He worked for UPS as a delivery manager for 18 years and later worked for Weyerhaeuser and Sunset Air. Steve most recently worked as the City of South Bend Supervisor, where he worked for the past 8 years. Steve, along with his wife, owned and operated the Dairy Queen for nine and an half years.
Steve had a passion for sports and refereed basketball for over 40 years. Steve enjoyed cutting and stacking wood, mowing his entire neighborhood, hunting in Colorado, fishing, and the outdoors.
Steve is survived by his wife of 30 years, Gayle Russell; three sons, Brandon Russell of South Bend, Justin Russell of Ilwaco, and Brian Ooi of South Bend.; three sisters, Cathy Ash of New Jersey, Margie Lewis of South Bend, and Leslie Page of South Bend; a brother, Ken Russell of Menlo; and five adoring grandchildren, Makenzie, Lyric, Tigerlily, Hadlee, and JB Russell. He was preceded in death by his brother, Billy, who died in 1958.
Steve was a member of the Raymond Elks Lodge #1292 for 38 years. He belonged to the Willapa River Lions Club, as well as the Loyal Order of the Moose. He will be remembered as an active member of the Grays Harbor Basketball Association, his dedicated service to the South Bend School Board, and his unwavering spirit of kindness and generosity to the community he loved. Steve took great pride in keeping the city of South Bend clean and taking the time to make it a home town we could all be proud of. In testament of his love for South Bend, he was recently honored by the city with the “S. Russell Crossing” dedicated in his memory.
Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday October 27, 2012, at the South Bend High School Gymnasium, with a Celebration of Life to follow at the Raymond Elks Club.
Memorial donations may be made to Willapa Harbor Helping Hands at PO Box 105 Lebam, WA 98554. Arrangements are in care of Stoller’s Mortuary in Raymond.