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.


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Bobby Feike

December 2, 2018

Yesterday, as the family honored the memory of my first cousin, Johnny Russi, I spent some time remembering many things our families shared. Our shared taste for Johnny Walker and Lone Star Beer. Camping trips to Olmos Park and most notably Christmas Eve's in San Antonio. Starting the evening journey to Aunt Mamies so she could be in bed by 7 pm then on to our house for the main event of the holidays, TAMALES made by my mom. Johnny dressed in a suit and cowboy boots was ready to challenge the eating skills of his brother and dad as we looked on in amazement. Enjoying his conversations with my grandfather Arturo Duran, my dad Cecil John Feike and the master of tamale making my mom Pauline Duran Feike.

She always made 100 dozen tamales and the Russi boys accepted the challenge of eating as many of those 100 dozen as possible. No one I have ever known could compete with that bunch though many tried.

No man has had a greater love for his God, family and country as Johnny did. Rest easy Marine. Job well done.

Bobby Feike
USMC 2/3
Semper Fi

Nancy Vallez

November 28, 2018

My most comforting memory of Uncle John was one of the 1st times my husband, Jak, met him. Jak and Uncle always seemed to have great conversations when we would visit. I'll never forget when Uncle John shared his thoughts about the Catholic faith. He said Catholics are Christians. They believe in Jesus and salvation and that's what matters. Something about the way he put it gave me peace in my heart. Uncle John was very wise and knowledgable in his faith and I always loved and appreciated that.
Thank you Uncle!


November 22, 2018

One of my best memories of my Uncle Johnny.
His laugh.and his voice, so calm and smooth , the way he treated everybody. Always kind patient,loving,
Him my Dad and my other Uncle Harold all service in difference branches of the military, and were always poking fun of each others. He will truly be missed. RIP Uncle Johnny may you Harold and dad continue to be Jar heads,Grunts and Fly boys together.
To Aunt June and Little Johnny and Junie you have my deepest condones
Beverly Howser

Lawrence Courter

November 20, 2018

In Costa Mesa, we lived across the street from the Russi family for years. What a loving family! John was a kind-hearted soul with a consistent smile. Memories of sharing Texas Tamales at Christmas and John driving the same VW Bug for many years! God bless the Russi family. We will not forget. Semper Fi John!

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