Russell "Rusty" Douglas Dennig

August 6, 1926October 10, 2020

Russell “Rusty” Douglas Dennig, a long-time resident of Salinas and Fresno, passed away on October 10, 2020 after living a full life of 94 years. He was born on August 6, 1926 in Watsonville, California to Joseph Dennig and Susie (Jeschien) Dennig. He was the youngest of three children. Rusty was raised in Watsonville and graduated from Watsonville High School in 1944. On January 27, 1946 he married the love of his life Phyllis Fanucchi at St. Patrick’s Church in Watsonville. While still in High School, he went to work for the Union Ice Company in Watsonville as a truck driver, and left the company in 1980 as District Director of Operations with eight ice plants under his management. He then went to work for United States Cold Storage in Fresno and ended his career as Vice President/General Manager of Ice Operations. He was a member of Rotary and the Elks. He enjoyed fishing -- his most memorable fishing trips with the “Spring Gap Fishing Club.” Rusty found great pleasure playing golf. He is most remembered for the fine furniture and woodworking projects he created in his home shop for family and friends. Later in life he enjoyed a few glasses of wine with his “Tuesday” buddies. He had a great sense of humor and could always find the fun in any situation giving everyone a good laugh. Rusty was preceded in death by Phyllis, his wife of 61 years, his sister Adele and brother Gordon. He is survived by his son David (Sharon Kraul) of Murrieta, CA, his daughter Cheryl Davidson (Bill) of Bend, OR, three grandchildren, Christopher, Matthew and Shelley and five great grandchildren, Myles, Abigail, Savannah, Rory and Zane. The family would like to thank the caregivers of Home Instead and Mrs. Scott’s who cared for him in the last months of his life. Rusty requested a party be held to celebrate his life in lieu of a service. At a later date, the family will honor his request.

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David Meadows

October 16, 2020

Rest In Peace my friend. Our Tuesday wine days will be sorely missed

John Bodden

October 13, 2020

Rusty and I met in 1981 and I was his new hired office manager. Years passed and we became close friends. Upon his retirement I attempted to fill his large shoes. He taught me how to freeze water to make ice! I was one of the Tuesday wine club members along with Dave Meadows that started the weekly meets. The three of us shared stories, lies, and solved all the problems of the world. I will miss him dearly.


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