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Ernie Russell 1947 - 2013

Ernie Russell

Friday, April 12, 2013
What can one really say, you have been a great father to three stubborn kids. I can't help but look back on all the lessons learned, all the good times we had together and all the memories I won't forget. You were always there for us whenever anyone needed it. It has been sad having to live without you around, and I miss all the general BS we would spew back and forth. I'm glad we got to have some time together over the last few years to really get into hunting and fishing together. I think that brought us closer together. Maybe you don't know it but I really enjoyed those times together, even though I never really expressed it. I wish we could have just one more hunting season together. All my love.
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
I have thought for many days about what to say about the love of my life, and I can't seem to find the words to express just how much he meant to me. He was the best husband anyone could ever want and the best Dad the kids could have had. He made every day special. There is a hole in my heart now that he is gone. It will never be filled. I will love him forever. Sheila
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Daddy, it's your little girl, Landa.

I guess I've always seen you as Daddy since you and mom divorced when I was three.

That was hard for me. I felt like I lost my Daddy. I was caught in the middle. You did your best to keep in touch with Rin and I, but it was so difficult. I was very sensitive and shy and just wasn't strong enough. Eventually I shut down inside. It hurt so bad, and I missed you so much.

I was so proud you had been in the Air Force. I joined because of you and told everyone you had been in the AF too. I studied so hard to make E-5 and did it on the first try, back when that was very difficult. I felt so proud to wear the stripes you did.

I was transferred to Japan, then South Carolina, Sacramento, Virginia, Illinois and Hawaii. But there was always a hole in my heart because I missed you. And you never gave up on me.

I was so glad to see you in 2011 and have you meet your granddaughter, Alyssa.

I loved hearing from you even when you teased me. Before surgery on my wrist in November, you texted me, "No tootin' in the OR." Lol

I wish I had more time with you. I believe everything happens for a reason, but it's still hard to accept you're gone. Why did it have to end like this?

I love you, Daddy. I hope you heard me through my tears when I talked to you at the funeral.

I'll go now as tears are blurring the screen.

Love, your little girl,

Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Dad.....what can I say except I lok forward to seeing you again. God must have really needed a good man who knew how to fix everyhing. I will always remember the nickname you gave me "Half pint". No one else will be able to call me that because it was our special moments. Your grandchildren will miss you terribly but with all the stories everyone has it will be easier. Please remember that no one could ever take yoir place in our hearts. My dad, my mentor, my counselor, my friend. Love always and forever - your daughter Rin
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Ernie was a wonderful man. He coached our girls softball team for a couple years, made practicing fun and was always great at encouraging our team. I babysat his girls when they were very young and always enjoyed being around the Russell family. My prayers are with you all as you go through this time of grief. Though the times I ran into Ernie became fewer and farther between, each time I'd run into him were always the same, a big hug and smile that would light up any room. I would always feel like that kid on his team again.
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