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CARLISLE Russell J. (Russ) Carlisle, 82, died Monday, April 15 after a brief illness. Russ served the city of Jacksonville for 35 years in law enforcement, as an officer of the Jacksonville Sheriffs Office and as an investigator for the State Attorney's Office. He often said he loved every day of his work and never took a sick day. His strong work ethic served as a great example to all who knew him. He was an active member of both the FOP and NARC. Russ was born and raised in Muskegon, MI, the 9th child (and 8th son!) of Jesse and Gertrude Carlisle's eleven children. Three of his brothers survive him: Jesse, Marvin, and Bernie. He is also survived by dozens of nieces and nephews. After graduating from Muskegon High School, Russ joined the United States Air Force and served our country for four years. While in the USAF, he met and fell in love with Judy Ledford. Russ and Judy were married for over 54 years and raised three children together: Larry Carlisle, Doug Carlisle (Kathy), and Kim Sharp (Mike). They shared 6 grandchildren: Colette Carlisle Williams (Doug), Josh Carlisle (Jamie), Doug Carlisle Jr., Erin Carlisle, Rebecca Scott and Rachel Scott. They also have 6 great- grandchildren: Robert and Nick Serafine and Hunter, Asheton, Molli and Riley Carlisle. As a young police officer, Russ took on as many overtime assignments as possible. Some of his most interesting stories were of the behind-the-scenes antics of entertainers who played the Coliseum. One of his notable celebrities was Elvis Presley. Russ stood guard outside the star's hotel suite the night before his Jacksonville concert and talked with Elvis throughout the night. Even though he was extremely busy with his law enforcement career and his family's activities, he found time to go back to school and earn an Associate of Arts degree from Florida Junior College. After Judy's death in 2005, Russ was lucky enough to fall in love again. He married Lynne Lucas in 2006. They have had a fabulous 7-year fairy tale of a marriage, enjoying retirement to the fullest. Their travels have taken them to the pyramids of Egypt, Alaska, Hawaii, South America, Europe and safaris in South Africa. They dressed up and marched in two Sweet Potato Queens parades in Jackson, MS, went to the Price is Right and the Today shows, and went hiking in Glacier National Park. Russ was the original energizer bunny, always quick to lend a hand in any project. He could fix anything and transformed Lynne's yard from a barren wasteland into a lush garden. A great (but messy!) cook, he hosted many gatherings and made friends and family feel welcome and special. A trained hypnotist, he also seemed to be a baby and dog-whisperer. Unrelated toddlers would call out to him across large stores: grandpa. He always had a hug for one and all. His own grandchildren adored him; he was their hero - a great man! He is already sorely missed! An informal celebration of Russ' life will-be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 20 at the Elks Lodge, 1855 West Road, Jacksonville 32216. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Fraternal Order of Police's scholarship fund: 5530Beach Blvd. Jacksonville 32207 (904) 398-7010 or www.fop530.com/donate_fop.php Please Sign the Guestbook @ Jacksonville.com
Published in the Florida Times-Union on Apr. 19, 2013
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