OBITUARY

Russell Lee Tharp

April 22, 1942January 22, 2020
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Russell Lee Tharp was born in Harrison, Arkansas on April 22, 1942. He was preceded by his mother, Vida Tharp; his father, Clell Tharp; and his granddaughter, Tosha Tharp. He is survived by his wife, Jane Tharp of the home; his son, Mitch Tharp and his wife, Kathy of Rancho Cucamonga; his daughter, Tonya Mizrahi and husband, Ron of La Canada; grandson, Brad Tharp and wife, Tosha of Rancho Cucamonga; grandson, Marcus Tharp and wife, Kirtney of San Pedro; granddaugher, Ashley of Rancho Cucamonga; grandson, Nick Mizrahi of La Canada; grandson, Anthony Mizrahi of La Canada; great-granddaughter, Bella of Rancho Cucamonga; great-grandson, Jack of Rancho Cucamonga, and other relatives, cousins, and friends. Russ moved to California with his wife, Jane, and his children in 1964 to work for Excelsior Dairy in Santa Ana. He then worked for Carnation Co. in Los Angeles and later bought three auto part stores. After that, he worked for Driftwood Dairy before retiring. After retirement, he enjoyed playing softball, bowling, golf, and especially watching the Angel games.

He played Semi-Pro baseball for the Santa Ana Athletics with his friends Benny, Dennis, Vern and Larry B, and also coached community leagues. He enjoyed traveling and went to many different places. A highlight was the River Cruise in Paris. He often got together with their friends, Patsy and Dennis, Benny and Shirley, and Sharon and Vern. They often met with friends Don and Linda for weekends. He also enjoyed reminiscing with old time friends Jimmy and Karen. Russ and Jane shared many anniversaries with long time friends Donna and Al Dixon. Many memories were shared with long time friends Judy and Carl Lightfoot. He enjoyed his old cars and going to car shows with Don and Jimmy. Many happy memories were spent with brother-in-law John and wife Ruth.

Most important to him were the many Christmas Eve gatherings held at their homes in Arcadia and La Verne that he got to spend with all of his family.

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  • Visitation Prior To The 1 pm Funeral Service Saturday, February 1, 2020
  • Funeral Service Saturday, February 1, 2020
  • Graveside Service Saturday, February 1, 2020

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Judy Epley

January 29, 2020

Our deepest sympathy and prayers are being sent from our Family. We regret we can’t attend the service for your precious loved one. You will be in our prayers. Judy Epley. Tim and Sheila Ogier. Brett, Lisa, Epley and Cady Moore

Rayma King

January 28, 2020

With deepest sympathy from the King Family at Farewell
Rayma, Linda, Rebecca and Gerald King

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Biography

Russell Lee Tharp was born in Harrison, Arkansas on April 22, 1942. He was preceded by his mother, Vida Tharp; his father, Clell Tharp; and his granddaughter, Tosha Tharp. He is survived by his wife, Jane Tharp of the home; his son, Mitch Tharp and his wife, Kathy of Rancho Cucamonga; his daughter, Tonya Mizrahi and husband, Ron of La Canada; grandson, Brad Tharp and wife, Tosha of Rancho Cucamonga; grandson, Marcus Tharp and wife, Kirtney of San Pedro; granddaugher, Ashley of Rancho Cucamonga; grandson, Nick Mizrahi of La Canada; grandson, Anthony Mizrahi of La Canada; great-granddaughter, Bella of Rancho Cucamonga; great-grandson, Jack of Rancho Cucamonga, and other relatives, cousins, and friends.
Russ moved to California with his wife, Jane, and his children in 1964 to work for Excelsior Dairy in Santa Ana. He then worked for Carnation Co. in Los Angeles and later bought three auto part stores. After that, he worked for Driftwood Dairy before retiring. After retirement, he enjoyed playing softball, bowling, golf, and especially watching the Angel games.

He played Semi-Pro baseball for the Santa Ana Athletics with his friends Benny, Dennis, Vern and Larry B, and also coached community leagues. He enjoyed traveling and went to many different places. A highlight was the River Cruise in Paris. He often got together with their friends, Patsy and Dennis, Benny and Shirley, and Sharon and Vern. They often met with friends Don and Linda for weekends. He also enjoyed reminiscing with old time friends Jimmy and Karen. Russ and Jane shared many anniversaries with long time friends Donna and Al Dixon. Many memories were shared with long time friends Judy and Carl Lightfoot. He enjoyed his old cars and going to car shows with Don and Jimmy. Many happy memories were spent with brother-in-law John and wife Ruth.

Most important to him were the many Christmas Eve gatherings held at their homes in Arcadia and La Verne that he got to spend with all of his family.