Russell Kenneth Mance

  • "Somehow, I was looking you up Russ, 30yrs later...just..."
  • "Russ, I wll always remember our back and forth of telling..."
    - Herman Boda
  • "Five years since we lost Russell in our world but we really..."
    - Laura Mance
  • "Happy birthday Uncle Russ. I still miss you, of course, but..."
    - Jessie Zugerman
  • "Happy birthday Uncle Russ. I still miss you, but you left..."
    - Jessie Zugerman

Russell Kenneth Mance 48, this loving, complex and funny, son, brother, uncle, lover, dear friend and valued employee left us for a better place. Russ grew up in Chappaqua, NY and was the youngest son of J. Robert and Mary Mance of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. He is also survived by sister, Kimberly Blauvelt (Scott) of Murrysville, PA; brother, Craig Mance (Jody) of Ridgefield, CT and brother, Doug Mance (Laura) of Tucson. They loved and admired him every day of his life. Numerous nieces and nephews and the "best thing in his life" Terri Arndt and "best friend" Roy also survive him. Russ moved to Tucson in the early 80's and filled his life with work, friends, reading, pets and gardening. He grew the best tomatoes in the universe! He could fix anything! To his family, friends, co-workers and other special people in his life, Russ was one of the most interesting and entertaining people on the face of the earth. We all know people who are much too smart and funny for their own good. Take good care of those people. They are very important in our world. Russ, we love you, we respect you, and of course, will miss you. We will bring you to life with our memories for as long as we live. Friends should stay in touch for a future gathering.

Published in the Arizona Daily Star from Oct. 2 to Oct. 4, 2009