Delbert Charles Russell

June 7, 1932March 13, 2014
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Delbert Charles Russell died peacefully on March 13, 2014. He was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Roberta. Del, as he was called by his family and friends, had a profound love for the outdoors. He worked on dams, canals and major grading projects as a proud member of the Operating Engineers local Number 3. This love of the outdoors carried through to his leisure life where he volunteered as scoutmaster for Troop 431 and led 10 young men to the highest rank of Eagle Scout as they mutually enjoyed backpacking, canoe trips and even winter camping in snow caves! He also volunteered in planning reunions for his Alma Mater, McClatchy High School. Between work and his volunteer activities he still found time to enjoy his family and friends. Delbert had 8 brothers and sisters and three children Stephen, Mark and Valerie. Delbert was also blessed by five grandchildren David, Sarah, Joshua, Rachel and Jordan. Two great grandchildren Taylor and Ashlyn Ledbetter made his life happier because it was not unusual to see Del cradling babies - any baby- he could find to hold and rock to sleep. Delbert will be laid to rest at 11 a.m. March 19, 2014 at St. Mary's Cemetery at 6700 21st Avenue in Sacramento. A vigil service will be held on March 18 at Nicoletti, Culjis and Herberger Funeral Home from 4 to 7 pm. Refreshments will be served after the vigil service.

Arrangements under the direction of Nicoletti, Culjis & Herberger Funeral Home, Sacramento, CA.


  • Vigil Service Tuesday, March 18, 2014
  • Graveside Service Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Delbert Charles Russell

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Tina Butler

March 19, 2014

Love you Uncle Delbert and you will be greatly missed. XOXOXO!!!

Laura Petrie

March 18, 2014

He was a wonderful friend and neighbor.


March 17, 2014

He was a wonderful man with time to talk about everything. The times we talked were full of opinions and respect. Peace to you, Del.

Daryl Russell

March 17, 2014

As the oldest brother, he was looked up to by all of us. We gave him a ration of crap most of the time about always being late for everything, but he was a loving brother, father, Grandfather, Uncle and friend. As a young brother I admired him for his service in the Air Force and he was a big reason I served in the Marines. You could always find one of the many Russell children in his arms or being chased by him. He will be greatly missed by us all. Vaya con Dios my brother.

kelli Duarte

March 16, 2014

R.I.P. Uncle Delbert!

Sierra Butler-Prasad

March 16, 2014

RIP uncle Delbert, love you xoxo

D McCarthy

March 16, 2014

I am so sorry for your loss. May the Most High God comfort you during these difficult days. (Psalm 83:18)

March 15, 2014

Delbert was my father-in-law for 23 years and was an awesome grandfather to my 3 children Joshua, Rachel and Jordan Russell. I was very fortunate to have him and Roberta in my life. He had quite a heart when it came to children and helping others. I will always remember his love of the pipe. God rest his soul. I will miss you

Mary Russell