OBITUARY

Ronald Anthony Russell

April 1, 1941July 27, 2020

Ronald "Ron" Anthony Russell was born April 1, 1941 in Cleveland Ohio and passed away on July 27, 2020. Ron moved to California at the age of 12 where he graduated from Sutter Junior High, and then Canoga Park High in 1959. That same year he was drafted by the Cleveland Indians. His buddies called him "The Ripper" because he could hit a ball like no one else. A knee injury ended his baseball career, so he joined the Police Academy and retired from LAPD as a Detective 3 after 27 years of service. He then went on to work 10 more years in banking.

Ron loved his wife, Patty, with whom he shared 39 years of marriage. Ron also loved baseball, golf, his beloved dog Bella, Coor's Light, Jack Daniels and gambling, but most of all he loved his family. He said family came first. We lost a wonderful man who was loved by many.

Survived by his wife Patty; sister Linda; daughter Donna; sons Ronnie Jr., Randy, and Kenny; grandchildren Austin, Jackie, Justin, Madison, Andrew, and Kevin; Uncle George and many cousins. Donations can be made to Saint Jude's Children's Hospital in Ron's name. Call 800-822-6344 or visit www.stjude.org. ID#12094328 or mail to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, August 4th at 10am at 895 Country Valley Rd, Westlake Village, CA 91362. Contact Donna at 818-943-2640, for more information.

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Maureen Mendyk

August 4, 2020

Patty, Donna, Jackie, Dave, Ken, Athina, Madison and Austin: We are sorry for the loss of a wonderful husband, Father and Grandfather. When I called my brother to tell him, Pat replied, "What? he was always so nice to me when I'd come over to the house in Reseda." Ron had a way of making everyone feel welcome and included. He valued family and friends. And as Kenny said, he loved to celebrate. He was a good man, a solid person, who was always there for you. I take comfort in knowing you will all be together again. Prayers offered for you all in the days ahead. I know this is very difficult to go through. We love you. Randy, Maureen, Anna, Ashley and Lee.

Charlene Withers

August 4, 2020

Dear Patti,

I am so sorry to hear about Ronnie. I met him when he was a senior in high school playing baseball with my husband, Eddie Withers. We stayed in touch while they were both on LAPD, and Ronnie drove from Nevada to speak at Eddie's funeral in Palm Springs. It meant a lot to me to have him there. I am sad that I cannot be at his services but damn pandemic makes it impossible.

Charlene Withers

Dick Young

August 2, 2020

Patty and family, Rita and I feel so sorry for you. Ron was such a great guy and one of my closest friends. We first met playing ball at Canoga High then at Pierce college. We signed together with the Cleveland Indians and were roomies in spring training. Ron was in Rita and my wedding as a groomsman and we stayed close friends throughout the years. We will greatly miss him and feel very fortunate to have had him for a friend. He was always fun to be with and had a way of making you feel like you were very important to him. I loved the guy and this will leave a real hole in my life. I am glad that you two had those 39 years together and hope the memories help you through this. Love, Dick and Rita

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