Russel J. Sielaff, longtime Ramona resident, passed away August 4, 2013, in Castle Rock, Colorado. Russ "Pappy" Sielaff was a very accomplished man with a big heart.
Pappy served as a Lieutenant in the United States Seabees during World War II
. After the war, he was an engineer for Illinois Bell Telephone Company.
A great family man and community leader, Pappy would tell you that his passion was volunteering. For 20 years he was a classroom helper at James Dukes and Barnett elementary schools. He was the recipient of the California State School Volunteer of the year award. Pappy was active in the Boy Scouts throughout his life. In Ramona, he organized and led a mentally challenged Boy Scout troop, the first in the nation. Pappy will also be remembered as the Ramona Santa. He was loved by family, friends, and many Ramona school children. He is deeply missed.