June 12, 1953 – April 8, 2021
Duane (JAKE) Russian passed away in Melbourne, Florida on 8 April 2021, at the age of 67, in the care of Vitas. Jake was the husband of Leslie Russian, to whom he was married to for over 44 years.
Jake was born in June 1953 in Rockford, Illinois to Joe Russian and Beatty Russian. The youngest of 4 children, Jake attended school in Stillman Valley, graduating in 1971.
He enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1974, attending Basic Training and Technical School in Texas. Jake served as a Jet Engine Mechanic on the F-4 Phantom II and the F-111 Aardvark, and on the United States Air Force Honor Guard. Jake served at MacDill AFB, in Tampa, Florida, where he met and married Leslie in 1976, before they were transferred to England, where he served at RAF Lakenheath. Jake reached the rank of Sergeant before separating in 1980 and returning to Tampa.
Jake earned his Electrical Technician certification from United Electronics Institute before being hired by Harris Semiconductor and moving to Palm Bay Florida in 1983. Jake worked at Semiconductor until 1998, then DRS until 2015, and finally at Extant Aerospace for five years before retiring in 2020.
Jake enjoyed riding motorcycles, reading, woodworking, working on cars, model airplanes, puzzles, travelling with Leslie, and spoiling his grandchildren and Boxer Zayne. He will be remembered by all for his sense of humor and loyalty to his friends and family.
He is survived by his wife Leslie, his two sons, Jerimiah (Jennifer) and Christopher, his grandchildren, Conner (14), Elizabeth (11), Colin (10), and Alexander (7), brother Gordon, and his niece Renee Colbert.
A memorial service will be held at Church of Our Savior in Palm Bay, Florida in the near future.
Fountainhead Memorial is in charge of arrangements. Jake will be laid to rest at the Cape Canaveral National Cemetery in Mims, Florida.
Please send any donations of Flowers or Funds to Church of Our Savior, 1000 Jersey Lane, Palm Bay Florida, 321-723-8032.
Church Of Our Savior
Vicky & Bruce Reiordan
May 10, 2021
We mourn the loss of your beloved Jake. Though he was a quiet person, he had such a great sense of humor. Bruce and I had great times being his partner or opponent at the PAL bunko games. Our hearts go out to you and your family.
May 10, 2021
Duane, Dewey, Jake was and will forever be my best friend. He was always there for me. He always had good stories and jokes. I will miss him.
May 9, 2021
Jake was a great friend. As we know Jake always had a joke to tell you. He loved to get a laugh.
The greetings that Jake typically used was "What's New and Exciting in your life." He made you feel that he was interested in what was happening.
We are both from the school of If Something can be fixed, you don't throw it away. That creates lots of projects. Lots and lots of projects.
Jake I was priviledge to shared time with you. You probably would cringe to hear me say this. "Love you man"
May 8, 2021
Jake, You left my world a month ago today. Every day is hard, my heart aches. I miss you so much.
The day you came into my life was the best day of my life. I was 20, you 23. God knew what he was doing .
We were Blessed. We have a wonderful life, you always made me laugh, even when I was po'd at you. You just knew how to get to me. I miss your humor for sure. Your laugh was contagious.
We had our share of disappointments, life changing events, good and bad, but we persevered and became stronger for it. Not many couples can say that. We just "Kept on Truckin'" we never gave up and that's what "for better or worse" means.
You were a giving soul, always ready to help others and never took help in return. Stubborn that way.
You are the world to me, my Best Friend, the Love of my Life. I love you so much and always will. Don't ever forget that. You always said, "We are as One".
When I look up at the stars at night, I know the Angels welcomed you home that day. I LOVE YOU SO MUCH!!
April 20, 2021
I am so very sorry to hear of Jake’s passing. I know you must feel lost. May the Lord provide you His comfort and rest.
April 15, 2021
Jake was a great brother-in-law. He was always willing and ready to help. Always faithful and loyal to his family.
He was always ready to share the latest joke and get you to laugh. Jake was always a gentleman. Rest peacefully brother, you will always be remembered!
April 14, 2021
I'm very sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you and family. I remember you speaking about Jake often.
My deepest sympathy.