James Thomas Russo, 94, of South Amherst, died Wednesday, April 17, 2013, at Amherst Manor Nursing Home, following a lengthy illness.
He was born July 12, 1918, in South Amherst. James was a lifetime resident of South Amherst and graduated from South Amherst High school in the class of 1936.
He also attended Morehead State Teacher College before being drafted into the U.S. Air Force.
During his service, he navigated a B-29 in the Pacific Theater with the 20th Airborne, 315th Air Wing aboard the aircraft Ruptured Duck that he flew out of Guam.
He received the American Theater Ribbon, Asiatic-Pacific Theater Rribbon with two Bronze Stars
, Good Conduct Ribbon, and the Efficient Humanity Fidelity Medal, the Air Medal, and the Victory Medal.
James was employed at Moen Corporation for 44 years before retiring in 1980 as manager of product services.
He was a member of the Nativity Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in South Amherst where he was active with the former Holy Name Society.
James was an avid reader and gardener. His greatest joy in life was spending time with his family.
Survivors include his wife of 71 years, Victoria A. Russo (nee Lupe); sons Jan Russo and his wife Rebecca, and Tom Russo, all of South Amherst; grandchildren Megan Markus and Rachael and Anna Russo; great-grandson, Ben Russo; and his sister, Helen Taylor of Lorain.
He was preceded in death by his infant son, John Russo; brothers Joe Russo and Tony Calderara; sisters Adeline Russo, Theresa Kolyno, and Marietta Ravis; and his parents, James and Elizabeth Russo (nee Capasso).
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, April 20 at Nativity Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church with The Rev. Fr. John Tezie officiating.
Burial was at St. Joseph Cemetery, Amherst.
Hempel Funeral Home in Amherst handled final arrangements.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Nativity Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, 333 South Lake St., South Amherst, OH 44001.
The family wishes to extend to the staff at Amherst Manor Nursing Home their deepest appreciation for the compassionate and professional care extended to their family.
Additional information and online register book are available at www.hempelfuneralhome.com.