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Russell Edward Walling

RUSSELL EDWARD WALLING December 7, 1917 February 5, 2013 Age 95, passed away February 5, 2013 in Riverside, CA. Born in Douglas, AZ to Luther and Frances Walling, the family relocated to Riverside in 1927. He attended Lowell Elementary, Poly High and RCC. Following graduation he worked as a draftsman for the noted architect G. Stanley Wilson. Several years later he moved to L.A. to work for a large architectural firm. He met the love of his life, LouElla Scott, at See's Candy where she worked. They were married in 1941. Russell was a Lt. in the Navy Seabees during WWII. After the war he returned to Riverside to work with his father forming the partnership, L.A. Walling & Son. Together they built many homes in the Wood Streets area. In the early 1950s they built the first exclusive custom tract homes in Riverside, Prince Albert Estates. Forming Russell Walling, Inc. in the mid-1950s he continued residential building. His first commercial project was an A&W Root beer on University Ave. Over the years he built many large commercial buildings in Riverside including DeAnza Chevrolet, Caddock Electronics and Johnson Tractor. Russell's proudest accomplishment was in constructing the extensive complex of buildings, Bourns Incorporated, winning a national award for Building of the Year in 1962. In the early 1970s he built the first private upscale condominiums on Victoria Avenue, Los Amigos. In the late 1970s he purchased the original Security Pacific Bank building on the corner of University & Main, now known as the Walling Building. Russell's civic and leadership activities in Riverside were extensive including President of Riverside's Chamber of Commerce and Citizen of the Year; President of the Riverside Rotary Club, Riverside Community Hospital Board President, and President of the Monday Morning Group. A longtime member of the Victoria Club where he was first a caddy in his early years, and later an avid golfer, Russell and George Champion spearheaded a major three year renovation of the Victoria Club in the 1990s. Russell loved the outdoors and spent many years with his family at their trailer on the beach at El Morro near Laguna. He loved and cherished his time with family, especially his children and grandchildren. Russell and LouElla traveled extensively throughout Europe, Asia and South America. They were especially happy while on their annual fishing trek to Whaler's Cove off the rugged coast of Alaska's Admiralty Island. Russell was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 69 years, LouElla; his brother Foster and sister, Mary. He is survived by his daughter Lee Walling Good of Grants Pass, OR and his son Terry Walling (Cathleen) of Riverside; grandchildren, Karen Lalonde of Greenwood, SC; Tracy Cauble and Susanne McGee of Grants Pass, OR; David Good of Greenville SC; great grandchildren, Marrissa, Kaitlyn and Steven Franquez, Shelby and Caden Morrison, Madalyn and Gregory Cauble, and Jakob and Lukas McGee; and great great granddaughter Mya Franquez. Russell Edward Walling was a true gentleman, a taskmaster, a man of his word and a father of epic proportions. He will live forever in the hearts and memories of his loving family and many friends. Services will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 11a.m. at the First Christian Church, 4055 Jurupa Ave., Riverside. There will be a private interment at Riverside National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please make donations to a charitable organization of your choice.

Published in Press-Enterprise from Feb. 10 to Feb. 11, 2013
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