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William "Bill" Russ, 83, of Port Townsend passed away on Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at his home of age-related causes.
He was born in Chimacum on January 21, 1930, to William and Augusta Russ. He attended Chimacum High School.
In 1946, he was hired at Crown Zellerbach, then in 1950, he was drafted into the U.S. Army, where he served two years in the Korean War. When he was discharged, he returned to work at the mill.
In 1959, he got married, and one year later, his son, William J., was born, making him the fourth child in the family after his three stepsiblings. William and his wife divorced in 1974.
In the 1980s, he had a commercial fishing boat.
Bill was a ballroom dancing champion and a lifetime Elk Lodge member, and supported every Elk function except for the last two years, when his participation was hampered by his health.
He loved to go hunting and fishing, and to do woodworking projects.
Bill remarried in November of 1991 in Cebu City, Philippines, to Jovelyn Lagahid.
In 1992, he retired from the Port Townsend paper mill as a machine operator.
He raised cattle and started traveling with his wife in their motor home.
He absolutely loved to beat his brother Curtis Russ in a card game.
Bill was preceded in death by his brother Eric Russ and sister Lottie Russ Oberg.
He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Jovelyn; his son, William J. (Allison) Russ; and granddaughter Carmen of Puyallup, Washington.
He is also survived by his brother Curtis Russ of Port Townsend, his sister Leona (John) Long of Nordland and many nieces and nephews.
Inurnment will be in Mactan Island Memorial Garden on Mactan Island, Philippines.
A celebration of Bill's life will take place Sunday, June 9, 2013, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 555 Otto Street, Port Townsend.
Published in The Peninsula Daily News on May 9, 2013