John Charles Russi

March 25, 1931October 28, 2018

John Charles Russi, age 87, of Phoenix, passed away on Sunday, October 28, 2018. He was born on March 25, 1931 to the late Harold Henry and Mae Gwendolyn (Feike) Russi in San Antonio, Texas. He graduated from Texas Military Institute. John was a proud member of the United States Marine Corps from January 1951 to October 1972 achieving the rank of Master Sergeant, and served in two wars – Korea and Vietnam. He later worked at the Balboa Bay Club in Newport Beach, CA. On June 22, 1958 he married June J. Feltz in Houston, TX. They celebrated 60 years of marriage in June 2018. He was a member of Family Christian Church in Costa Mesa, CA for many years, serving as an elder. He enjoyed camping, the outdoors, sports, and taking his family to Disneyland. John is survived by his loving spouse, June; two children, John H. (Maria) Russi of Jacksonville, NC and June G. (Jon) Taylor of Phoenix, AZ; his sister, Maryann Howser of San Marcos, TX; four grandchildren; a great grandchild; numerous nieces and nephews; cousins, and friends. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Ruth; his brother, Harold; and his granddaughter, Ashley. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, December 1, 2018 at Family Christian Church, 792 Victoria Street, Costa Mesa, CA. In lieu of flowers, contributions in John’s honor may be made to the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation.


1 December

Memorial Service

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Family Christian Church

792 Victoria St
Costa Mesa, CA 92627


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John Piercy

November 11, 2018

I have known John Russi most of my life. He has been a family friend since I was 8 or 9 years old. Always friendly, loving and kind.

I will see you in Heaven my friend and brother

June Russi

November 10, 2018

June June Russi

November 5, 2018

We knew each other about a year. He was handsome and a polite gentleman. I was crazy about him. We had a small wedding in church. Just family and close friends. My Mother prepared a great luncheon at home. Johns parents attended. , also my sister’s family and est man’s family. That was 60+ years ago. I have never stopped loving him and never will. Thank you friends for your comments and concern. I know where he is and am grateful to our Lord.


November 5, 2018

My favorite memory is our visit to your home in Costa Mesa after Danny returned from Desert Storm. We had such a wonderful time reconnecting and our family loved riding the tandem bike you had purchased for Ruthie. We love you Uncle Johnny.

Susi and Mike Ramos

November 4, 2018

I still remember the times u came to San Antonio for Christmas. We always looked forward to seeing all of you. Even though I wasn’t a Russi, you always made me feel part of the family. We will miss you so much and will remember you always.

Susi and Mike