Russell B. Salyards
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Russell B. Salyards April 6, 1917 - July 14, 2011 Resident of Orinda Founder of Loards Ice Cream & Candies Russell B. Salyards, 94, passed away Thursday July 14, 2011. He was born April 6, 1917 in Gibson City, IL. Russ is survived by his wife, Frances (Lathbury) Salyards, brother, Bill Salyards, two nieces and six nephews and many close friends. Russ attended Drummer Township High School, was elected class president, played basketball and was football quarterback. He received a scholarship to George Washington College located in Washington DC in hope of becoming a coach one day. In 1940 Russ left Illinois and moved to Berkeley, CA where he joined Frances and they were married in Reno, NV. Furthering his education, Russ completed IBM school in Oakland, CA; giving him the knowledge needed for his position in the U.S. Army during WWII. He gained rank as Master Sergeant and was stationed in Memphis, TN. Soon after his efforts in the service, Russ worked in the Accounting Dept. of UC Berkeley; it was then he and Frances decided to start an ice cream business. For the next 50 years, Russ would have a positive effect on his many employees and customers and considered a delight to many generations of children. "We will definitely never forget you Russ!" Russ is at rest at Mountain View Cemetery in Oakland, CA. A celebration of his life will be held on August 28, 2011 from 1:00 - 4:00pm at the San Leandro Veterans Memorial Building located at 1105 Bancroft Ave. In Lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Children's Hospital, Oakland, CA.

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Published in Inside Bay Area on Jul. 31, 2011.
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August 30, 2011
I went to work for Russ in 1969 in the landmark store ,Oakland. I moved to the plant and stayed working for the best man and boss i have ever had for 25 years. We have stayed intouch since i left Loard's in 1993. I consider Russ the best freind i have ever had.
He will be and is missed greatly. Fran will be missed also by many.
August 26, 2011
Russ was my mentor and friend for over 35 years. Working at Loard's provided me with a foundation that has carried me through life. Russ taught me a few very important lessons about life and people. Visiting with him at home the last few years has been very special. I really miss him.
Kathy Culwell
August 26, 2011
1953 I WAS 15 WHEN I KNOCKED ON THE DOOR OF LOARDS, AT McARTHER AND COOLIDGE. RUSS WAS MOPPING THE FLOOR I ASKED FOR A JOB HE SAID HE SAID HE DIDN'T NEED ANYHELP. I SAID ARE YOU THE OWNER? (YES) I SAID THE OWNER MUST HAVE MORE IMPORTANT THINGS TO DO THAN MOP I CAN DO THAT HE SAID COME IN.I WAS THE FIRST TEENAGER HE HIRED, EXCEPT FOR BIL HIS BROTHER.IN 1982 I BOUGHT LOARDS IN FREMONT HUB.WE HAD A LONG AND GOOD RELATIONSHIP. REST IN PEACE RUSS YOU WILL BE MISSED
KEN SAWYER
August 26, 2011
Kool man - learned a lot about people from him and the way to act
August 25, 2011
The father that I never had.
Bill Kearney
August 23, 2011
Thank you, Mr. Salyards, for being the best example of a boss that I ever had. You always had your employees best interest at heart. Bless you!
maria mazzi howell
August 12, 2011
I worked for Mr. Salyards at Loard's in Orinda when I was a senior at Miramonte - 1970-1971. It was my first real job and Mr. Salyards was a delight to work for. 40 years later he is still the best boss I ever had. He cared about us kids and respected us. He inspired us to work hard and be happy. He was always fair and kind. What a gift he was to me personally and to everyone who knew him. Marian (Knowles) McNicol
Marian McNicol
August 11, 2011
July 14, will never be the same or happy day for me as long as I live, because a great man has been departed. His charisma has very positive impact toward a lot of people. His great wisdom will forever cherish in my heart. You will always be in my heart and prayers, Poppa. Thank you for being there for me.

Tim and Lily Loard's of Livermore
August 8, 2011
I have known Mr. Salyards for 33 years, and worked for Loard's for 22.He was my special friend..he was my best friend,I feel so lucky that he was in my life and my families life..He will forever be in my heart.
mariellen smolik
August 7, 2011
I knew Russ for over 35 years and worked for him for 20 years. He was a great friend and will be missed by me and my whole family, he was like a father to me.
Ron Munk
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August 4, 2011
Mr. Loards (my Uncle) He was a great guy,will be missed loads !
Ace Lamb
August 4, 2011
He and Fran were dolls. What a good man.
Carissa Swanson
August 4, 2011
May you rest in peace Russ. I'm so grateful that our paths crossed, as brief as it may have been. You're a very special gentleman!
Lori CrasperSullivan
July 31, 2011
Every parting is a form of death, as every reunion is a type of heaven.
- Tryon Edwards
Robin Douthit
July 31, 2011
I knew Mr. Salyards since 1966 when he came to his attorney's office where I worked with Bill Walters. I worked there until Bill passed away in 2007 and had many years of association with Mr. Salyards who always brought me his famous raspberry creme chocolates. He never forgot. Rest in Peace. Barbara Pilling
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