Russell J. Smith

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Russell J. Smith

August 10, 1940 - March 13, 2019

Russell J. Smith 78, Elizabeth Township, passed away March 13, 2019. Born August 10, 1940, in Sidman, one of sixteen children of Vincent Joseph and Regina (McConnell) Smith. Preceded in death by parents; sisters, Audrey, Dorothy, Lydia and Sylvia; and brother, Gary. Survived by loving wife of 57 ½ years, Jane Ellen (Layman) Smith; children, Gregg (Renae) Smith; and Leeann (Tom Paul) Cura; grandchildren, Rebecca (David), Chelsey (Ryan), Alexa (Marc) and Vincent; a great grandchild (due any day!) and siblings, Walter, Lois, Evelyn, Myrtle, Richard, Duane, Clifford, Carol, Gerald and Edward. Russell was a Sergeant in the U. S. Airforce during the early 1960's at the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis; worked for over 50 years at the Allegheny County Airport in West Mifflin, Pennsylvania and was a Meals on Wheels and community service volunteer. He loved the Pittsburgh Steelers, was an outdoorsman, but most of all was a devoted family man. Friends will be received in the Stephen D. Slater Funeral Home, 1701 Route 51, Jefferson Hills, Pennsylvania 15025 (412-384-0350) on Saturday, March 16, 2019 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. and in the Charles O. Dimond Funeral Home, 621 Maple Street, South Fork, Pennsylvania 15956 (814-495-4100) on Sunday, March 17, 2019 from 1 to 5 PM and on Monday, March 18, 2019 from Noon until 1 PM.
Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 1:30 PM in the Holy Name Catholic Church, 500 N. Julian Street Ebensburg, Pennsylvania 15931, celebrated by Rev. Msgr. David A. Lockard. Entombment with Military Honors, Holy Name Mausoleum, Ebensburg. In lieu of flowers please consider memorial donations to St. Jude's Hospital.
Published on March 15, 2019
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Joe & Barbara Coleman
Mar 16, 2019
Aunt Jane Gregg & Leeann: My deepest condolences. Uncle Russ was one of the coolest guys I knew as child. Fishing, baseball, working on jets and walking up to Franco Harris like he knew him. Always the playful funny guy that made a day out special. He was a rock star to me and most definitely a model I tried to emulate as a military leader. All our love is with you now in your time of need.
Carol (Smith) Burkey
Mar 15, 2019
He was always Russ to me. He holds a special place in my heart. He's my "big brother". I remember an incident in which I made a horrible decision. At that time in my life, I was very troubled and mixed-up. He made the trip from Elizabeth to Ebensburg to tell me I was welcome to come live with him and Jane. She was Janie to me. :) They had their own family and were quite young themselves, but they were welcoming a very troubled young person into their home. It would have been easy to say yes, I knew they loved me. I decided to stay where I was. God knew I needed to get to know my dear husband, Craig.
Craig and I married and he did his student teaching close to where they live, and Russ helpe
...d us find an apartment, move in, and helped Craig fix his many car problems and he just did what most dads would do.
There aren't many folks these days who would go to that extent, but he offered and many of my other siblings welcomed me into their homes before this. He was a man of humor and devotion to his family! Jane, Gregg and LeAnne, I pray that God will comfort your hearts. You have many, many happy memories that can't be taken from you. You also have my love.
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Becky Saunders
Mar 15, 2019
Aunt Janey and family, please accept my deepest condolences for the loss of a wonderful man, Uncle Russ. I understand the pain you are feeling, but keep the memories of all special moments in your heart and mind and he will always be near!