Russell David Gow III, 58, of Factoryville, died Thursday doing what he loved, courageously answering his final call. His wife is the former Sharon Butler. They were married Feb. 22, 2013.
Born in East Benton, he was the son of the late Russell Gow Jr. and Evelyn Davis Gow. He graduated from Lackawanna Trail High School and was employed by Nexius Solutions of Clarks Summit as a warehouse manager.
Russ enjoyed the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman. His passion was truly community service in every way. Russ was very well known and respected for his duties as a dedicated first responder and as a loving community servant. Russ served as a 43-year life member of the Factoryville Fire Company, he previously served 10 years as chief and was currently serving as assistant chief and trustee. He was a 40-year member of the Nicholson Fire Company, a member of the Fleetville Fire Company, president of the Abington Area Line Officers Association, former instructor of the Northeast Pennsylvania & Susquehanna County Volunteer Firemen's Association, a member of the Scott Dive Team, former zoning officer for Newton Twp. and a member of the NRA.
He also was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He especially loved spending time with his grandson, his little buckwheat, Brian Russell.
Russ is survived by one son, Brian J. Gow and fiancée, Kara Waters; one daughter, Holly Ward and husband, Lance; a stepson, Nick Edder and wife, Jodie; a stepdaughter, Jennifer Edder; a grandson, Brian Russell Gow; a step-granddaughter, Emma Jean Edder; two brothers, Dale Gow Sr. and wife, Ann; and Robert Gow and wife, Kathy; two sisters, Lynda Nepa and husband, Gerry; and Bonnie Watson and husband, Curly; and aunt, Marge Black.
He was also predeceased by a brother, Lee Gow; and a nephew, Jeffrey Watson.
The funeral will be Monday at 11 a.m. from the Charles H. Litwin Funeral Home, 91 State St., Nicholson, with services by Factoryville Fire Company Chaplain, the Rev. Paul Fields. Interment will be in East Benton Cemetery.
Viewing will be Sunday from 3 to 7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations, may be made to the Factoryville Fire Company, PO Box 285, Factoryville, PA 18419.
For directions or online condolences, www.litwinfu neralhome.com