Howell, Edwards, Doerksen with Rigdon-Ransom Funeral Directors
1350 Commercial Street SE, Salem, OR
Russell "Russ" Charles Smith
February 11, 1942 – May 21, 2020
Russell “Russ” Charles Smith passed away peacefully on May 21, 2020 in his home surrounded by family. At the time of his death, 78 years old, Russ was still a full time employee at WinCo Foods Distribution Center, Woodburn, OR.
Russell was born February 11, 1942 to parents Russell Alonzo Smith and Fay Lamaria (MacRae) Smith in the family home at Whitman, MA. He was delivered by his father, as were all of his 7 siblings. He joined older sister Rae and was followed by siblings Georgianna, Sam, Garnet, Jack, Richard, Fay and nieces Cindy and Cathy who his parents raised as their own.
The family lived a very humble life in an old farmstead. The house was often filled with the aroma of his Dad’s homemade bread baking in the wood fired cook stove. Russell and his sisters would walk the neighborhood selling the loaves of homemade bread out of the big red Radio Flyer wagon they pulled. Russell left school at age 15 to go to work with his Dad for Jack Hemmings at Pioneer Landscaping Co. to help provide for their struggling family. In 1963, Russell married Julia Ann Tucker and they bought a small home across the street from his parents. Soon they welcomed two daughters, Leanna Marie and Julie Ann to their family. Following his divorce from Julia, Russell moved to Eastham, MA when boss, Jack Hemmings relocated Pioneer Landscaping to Cape Cod. There he met and married Cyndy MacPherson, they had two boys, Timothy and Eric. In 1977 the family of 6, loaded all their belongings in a homemade single axle trailer built by Russell and headed out for their 3000 mile journey to the wonders of Oregon. They tent camped in rest areas across the country, cooking on the tailgate of the station wagon. Within a week of arriving in Salem, Oregon, Russell began working for West Coast Grocery as a Truck Driver. With the exception of four years spent living in Mt Vernon, WA and a brief retirement, Russell was an exemplary 40 year employee of West Coast Grocery/SuperValue/Waremart and now WinCo Foods. That big red truck was Russ’s life, everything revolved around that red truck. Russell loved cars, restoring and rebuilding them. His all-time favorite was a 1970 Chevelle SS Rat (454/400hp) forest green with wide white racing stripes and cowl induction hood that he ordered brand new off the assembly line. He also loved landscaping his home, helping others, but most of all he loved his family. His number one hobby was “caring for his family”, as was evident by every wall of his home being covered with 100’s of photos of his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and relatives. If you knew Russ, you no doubt heard many of his funny stories, his big smile and his unique quirky laugh.
Russell was preceded in death by his oldest son Timothy Russell. His parents, Russell and Fay, and brothers Sam and Garnet. He is survived by daughters, Leanna, Julie and son Eric. Grandchildren; Mario (Rachel), Maria, Luis (Kala), Ofelia (Roy), Anna (Tim), Enrique, Taylor and Tage, as well as many great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Siblings; Rae, Georgianna, Jack, Richard, Fay and nieces Cindy and Cathy.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.hed-fh.com for the SMITH family.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Russell "Russ" Charles Smith
May 27, 2020
Grandpa, not a day will go by without us feeling the pain and sadness of knowing we cannot see or hear you until we join you on the other side. I will miss your laugh and smile the most of all. With the loss we are also so grateful you are free from pain and the other struggles we have in this mortal life. What a blessing you are free, at peace, and with love ones you longed to be with. Thank you for always loving without conditions! Your unconditional love has been the best consistent in my life! I will carry your legacy and give love, kindness and encouragement to all I meet. I will be forever thankful for the wisdom and example of how a man should carry himself as Mario mimics you, I’m forever great full to you for the amazing man he is! He is a perfect husband and a even better father and I know he learned from watching you as he continues to try to make you proud! Thank you also for never missing a moment to tell us how much you love us and how proud you are of us. We will continue to do our best and continue to make you proud by the way we choose to spend our time and the way we treat others. Thank you for showing and sharing a Christlike love, always serving others, and also uplifting all in contact with you. We are so proud to be carrying your legacy through our generation and down to the next. Till we meet again... see ya!
May 26, 2020
I’ll never forget or give up on the work ethic you instilled in me GPA. You’ll be missed from now till we meet again. He’s the man I hope to be someday and I’ll continue setting the high standards for the SMITH name. May you Rest In Peace and say hi to uncle Tim for me. With love your Son Mario