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Earthman Southwest Funeral Home

12555 South Kirkwood, Stafford, TX

OBITUARY

Russell A. Bantigue

June 26, 1972September 3, 2019
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Russell Amparo Bantigue was born on June 26, 1972 to Richard and Eden Bantigue in Jersey City, New Jersey. He passed peacefully on September 3rd, 2019 after a 14 month battle with cancer in Houston, Texas.

Russell served in the US Navy for eleven years working his way to Petty Officer First Class. He served aboard the newly built USS Truman based in Norfolk, Virginia and while deployed supported operations during the Iraq War and enforced UN sanctions in the Gulf.

Toward the end of his service, he was based in Saratoga Springs, New York to help train others on reactor maintenance. During this time, Russell attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and graduated with a degree in Nuclear Engineering

Shortly after leaving the Navy in 2005, Russell continued to work in the nuclear industry in Homestead, Florida for Florida Power and Light as a Mechanical Maintenance Supervisor. He joined Bechtel eventually working at the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant in East Tennessee, then onto Washington State as a Senior Nuclear Safety Engineer.

He is preceded in death by Felix and Victoria D. Bantigue and Eugenio and Josefa Amparo. He is survived by his parents Richard and Eden Bantigue and younger siblings Victoria and Richard A. Bantigue, Jr.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, September 12, 2019
  • Rosary Thursday, September 12, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, September 13, 2019
  • Committal Service Friday, September 13, 2019

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Greg Heller

September 14, 2019

Greg Heller

September 14, 2019

Ron Kelmenson

September 12, 2019

The memory of Russ as a friend and co-worker, a great guy who was always willing to teach and share his knowledge, will always remain with me. His time here on earth was far too short, but his impact will be everlasting. May each time he is remembered serve as a blessing.

Bob Grossly

September 12, 2019

This was an odd friendship, considering that he was born the year I graduated high school. You wouldn't think that two people that far apart in age could have so much in common. But we did. I've discovered that going through your life you only get two or three people that you can consider a best friend and Russell was my best friend and I loved him like a brother. I can't even begin to tell you the kind of joy and fun we had when we were together, especially when you fall victim to some of his practical jokes. Christians like we are, we know that death is only a relocation to a better place and I can only assume that in heaven right now God's got a big smile on his face looking at Russell's happy little smile.
Rest in peace my brother.
Bob

Cris Arias

September 12, 2019

Russ was just a fun, devoted friend. Even when things around him were not the best, he kept his spirits up. We may not have lived close but we kept in touch on the most random things. There were times I needed some advice and he would listen.

I will miss having that and having him reach out to me about random adventures he was having.

He will be missed by everyone he came in contact with.

Fred Jackson

September 6, 2019

I’m praying Russell has finally found peace, up with our Lord and all our loved ones who’ve gone on ahead of us.

Russell and I were not close growing up, as he was older than me(he was in HS while I was in MS, etc). But our families shared the same social groups, so we knew of one another.

We reconnected via FB a few years back, because he was working up here in Knoxville (we both grew up in Houston). And a friendship grew from there.

The one thing I can sincerely say about Russell, is that he was a genuinely nice guy, and almost always had a great big smile on his face. You know the type of smile that’s contagious, and makes the whole room that much brighter.

Unfortunately I found out to late, that he’s the type of guy, you wish you’d been real good friends with your whole life.
Rest In Peace Russell... until we meet again friend.

Nathan Deunk

September 6, 2019

Russ Bantigue and I served together in the late 90's on the USS Harry S Truman. He was one of the happiest guys I know, and made our lives on the ship so much brighter.

Russ, thank you for all you've done, and thank you to your family for sharing you with us.

michelle piña

September 5, 2019

While it has been some time since I’ve seen Russell, his passing hits hard. I think the last exchange we had was sharing old photos from high schools days. Even though we went to rival schools, church was where we became friends. One of many favorite memories was breaking down on the way to Surfside before cell phones, Google maps, and OnStar. Somehow we made our way to an auto parts store, found change to call his dad, bought the automotive piece we needed, missed the beach but made it back home safe. At least that’s what I remember. I also remember his kind heart, his infectious smile, and outgoing way about life. I’m so sorry life here on Earth was cut short for Russell. I am grateful for knowing him growing up and will cherish those memories. Sending love and strength to his family and friends.

Byron Wigfall

September 5, 2019

Even though a second cousin, I grew up calling him my Uncle Russell. His smile was contagious and could light up a room. He always took such great care of me as a kid. My fondest memory of him will always be belting Backstreet Boys “I Want it That Way” in the car on road trips. I’m so glad I was able to sing with him one more time before he passed. “Now I can see that we’re falling apart, from the way that it used to be. No matter the distance, I want you to know that deep down inside of me....You are my fire.” Love you Uncle Russ.

Mike Lojo

September 5, 2019

I would like to extend my condolences to Russell's mom and dad, sister and brother. I am sad that Russell had to suffer here so much lately for throughout his Life his SMILE made other people smile.
As a teenager, Russell was the funny character in our church's vacation bible school program for many years. His fun loving nature made the young ones smile and laugh. As St. Mother Theresa of Calcutta said, "a smile is the first sign of LOVE". Russell was a loving person throughout his life.

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