Russell A. Howard II, 45, of Pittsburgh, passed away Tuesday, May 3, 2016, at his home. He was born Jan. 7, 1971, in New Kensington, a son of Cornelia "Cookie" Lucas Howard, of Allegheny Township, and the late Russell A. Howard. Russell has lived in the area since the age of 12 and was a 1989 graduate of Kiski Area High School. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from the University of Pittsburgh and his Master of Information Science degree also from the University of Pittsburgh. For the past 20 years, Russell has worked in the Computer Science Department at the University of Pittsburgh. He enjoyed working on and playing games on his computer. Russell is survived by his mother, Cornelia "Cookie" Howard, of Allegheny Township; and by his aunt and uncle, Sheryl and James Sipes, of Natrona Heights. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Emma Chapman; maternal grandfather, Louis Lucas; paternal grandparents, Norman and Mary Howard; and by his cousin, Lori Sipes.
Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. until the time of a blessing service at 10 a.m. Saturday in the CICHOLSKI-ZIDEK FUNERAL HOME INC., 1522 Carlisle St., Natrona Heights, 724-224-8688. Burial will be private.
To send an online condolence, please visit www.cicholski-zidekfuneralhome.com
Published by The Valley News Dispatch on May 6, 2016.