Russell Eugene Winn|
Russell Eugene Winn, 98, passed away peacefully on February 5, 2013. He was born on January 25, 1915 in Ottumwa, Iowa and was raised in Mankato, Minnesota. Russ graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in general engineering. He was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity. It was at Iowa State that he met his wife of 74 years, Janet Jones Winn. Upon graduating he was recruited by General Electric where he went on to have a 40 year, very loyal career, in financial management in Schenectady, Seattle and Los Angeles.
Russ had a deep passion for music. He was a member of the high school and college marching bands as well as a ten piece band. Through the years he played the saxophone, clarinet and his beloved Hammond organ. He enjoyed listening to and performing the Big Band era music.
Russ and Janet raised three children in Seattle. He was a wonderful family man and thoroughly embraced the best of values: loyalty, intelligence, integrity, responsibility, honesty, hard work and more. In his retirement years he found his passion also in golf, both at South Hills Country Club and Overlake, playing well into his nineties. He was a long time member of University Congregational Church.
Russ is survived by his spouse, Janet, his sister Marge Sorenson (Louisville), his children: Patsy Thrall, Judy Bushnell (spouse Ward) and Dick Winn (spouse Kristen). He also has five granddaughters and ten great grandchildren. Russ is preceded in death by his sister Yvonne Skowbo, son in law Michael Thrall, and great grandson, Ben Towne.
There was a small reception in his honor at Pacific Regent.
In memory of Russ donations may be made to The Ben Towne Foundation.
Ben Towne Foundation
4616 25th Ave NE, #717
Seattle, WA 98105
Published in The Seattle Times on Feb. 17, 2013