I have missed you tremendously over the past months. Sometimes, missing you brings tears to my eyes, and other times, I smile knowing that you're partying in a much better place and I feel grateful and honored that our paths crossed.
I missed our weekly prayers for Rudd while he was deployed. And when he came home a few weeks ago, I imagined that you were there with me as the buses rolled in, praising God for his safe return. And as I watch Rudd as a new father, playing and laughing with little Verity, I smile knowing that Rudd is drawing from his happy memories from the fun things you did with him. Verity laughs a lot; she would have appreciated your fun-loving manner. I know she'll appreciate "Uncle Russ" stories in her future as we share with her stories of your love for God and devotion to Sarah, Beau, her Daddy and her Granddaddy Olmstead. Your legacy of joy and love continues to burn brightly in our hearts and in our minds. We continue to draw from your example as a godly man and gracious gentleman.
Remembering you this Veterens Day and many other days besides,
It was an honor to call Russell my friend! I will remember him for the consistent love & care he demonstrated for others AND for his wonderful sense of humor. Both Russell and Sarah are forever treasures in my heart. My life has been richly blessed in the friendhip I shared with them.
Dear Russell, upon meeting both you and Sarah, I was captivated by the lure of your Love for our Lord and Savior, and was impressed by your partnership in Faith. You served God so faithfully, consistently, throughout the years, as you encouraged people to believe in the unending Grace available to each of us. Your love and encouragement continues as I reflect upon many precious times spent with you both. With my Love and Gratitude, Tammy
Ah! to see the photo of Russ with you Rudd during your wedding. He was so Proud of you. Often I would inquire about you even though we never met.. I feel I knew you a little through Russ and I have prayed for your safe care in the line of duty and for your family. What a Stunning Photo of you both.. Clearly Russell has the look of a Proud Uncle.. upon his face. Thank you so much for sharing this photo it truly touches my heart. God Bless you and your family as I know you too have been blessed with knowing and loving Russell Silverthorn.. However, Our loss is the Lord, Heaven and Sarahs gain for eternity. Thank you for sharing this beautiful and I am certain Memorable day with us. Deborah Greathouse
On June 24th, my 87th birthday, I spoke to Russ on the phone. As soon as I mentioned my 87th, Russ immediately serenaded me with the finest "Happy Birthday to You" that I have ever heard.
Simply amazing feat considering his situation!
Russ is one in a million and we are all the better for having known this special brother
in Christ. Thank you Lord for his life.
My prayers abound for the blessings in knowing Russell and Sarah through Tamara and the joyful opportunity to meet him with Beau in person. May they all be leaping, laughing and dancing while praising God this day. Love Love Love, Catherine Bryant
We're grateful to have another opportunity to express our love for Russell, and say how his faithfulness to Jesus affected all this family.
We are glad to be friends of the Silverthorn family, and appreciate their lifelong contribution to the work of God's kingdom.
Spending time together at the Western States Retreat at Mount Hermon, and especially being together after that at Carmel was such a wonderful treat. Russ was a special gentleman and will be sorely missed. His father presided at the 1954 Marine Corps Birthday ball when my husband and I were living near Quantico and newly married. Later he came to Billings, MT and stayed in our home. What an honor! He discovered more former Marines in Billings than we had ever imagined!
Greetings, Diane, Sarah, and Steve ~ We are just part of the crowd of friends here in the area of the Nation's Capital that join you in mourning the loss of Russ ~ As a long time friends and both Marine veterans even our random phone calls were minutes of fun ~ And news that he was coming to town got us scampering to set the calendar ~ We both loved the music of Frank Sinatra, eating "out" together, and telling sea-stories of our adventures ~ It won't surprise you three that our discussions always came to what we were thinking about currently as God's workmen who were serious about our friendship with Jesus ~ My wife, Bernie, and I loved Russ, and trust now that God's consolation will be a rich experience for each of you ~ Cordially ~ Bernie & Bob Strain, Washington, DC
Dear Steve and Family of Russ
I first met Russ and Beau walking the cliffs of Del Mar with my dog...He always asked about Louie and my mother, even though he had never met my mother...He would laugh and say he had cleared the trail of all the rattlesnakes in Rattlesnake Canyon below the bridge...He was one of the people in life you will never forget. I will sorely miss seeing him on my walks along the cliffs. I am comforted knowing he has joined his beloved wife and favorite dog, Beau. I will think of him often and smile knowing he is happy in the heavens.
God was Smiling upon me and Blessing me the day I met Russell and Sarah and everyday afterwards. Russell and Sarah were like Family in my life. After Sarah passed is when I got to know Russ even better. He was always there for me in wisdom and friendship and most importantly in Prayer. I could always go to Russ as one would go to their father for advice/wisdom or just comfort and he walked the walk of a second diagnosis of cancer with me and many other matters. I frankly do not know how I shall ever become use to Russ not being at the other end of a phone. We spoke each week and sometimes several times each week. However, I know he touched many many others lives in the same manner and I know Our Loss is Heavens and Sarahs gain. We all come to the Sunset of our lives and as some beautiful sunsets color lingers and continue to illuminate upon the horizon for perhaps an hour after its departure. In the same way, the manner and way Russell lived his life shall linger in my heart except not for a mere hour but for the rest of my life and until we meet again in Our Fathers House. Russell I love you like no other and Thank you for all you ever did for me and the many loving prayers you said for me. I dare say, I can only imagine how happy Heaven must be to have you Home for you are a Son In Whom Our Father is Well Pleased. Forever my Gratitude, Admiration and Love. Deborah
Russ, Have a good time with Sarah, Beau and the rest of your family in heaven. Thank you for your support of our family.
Love to you,
You will be missed by your friends at Cove Barber Shop.
Russ had the look, bearing and charm of a Hollywood Star from another era! Always friendly and courteous we'll miss this perfect gentleman!
RIP Uncle Russ. -Mark Jr.
Russ met everyone's definition of "hero." Hearing him pray made me feel as if I were eavesdropping in on a private conversation with Jesus. Oh how I will miss him.