JAMES RUSSEY

JAMES DOUGLAS RUSSEY

1923 - 2020

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James(Jim) Douglas Russey, 96, died peacefully after a full, beautifully lived life, at his home in Santa Rosa, CA on Wednesday 20th, 2020. Jim was surrounded by his adoring family. Jim is survived by his loving wife of 74 years, Marcy Jean Russey, and their three sons Lynn, Gary and Steven. A devoted family man he loved being around the family and his 4 wonderful grandchildren and 6 great grandchild. James was born in Chickasaw, OK on October 23rd, 1923 to his parents Wade and Mae Russey. He was the oldest of 6 siblings. Four brothers, and one sister Raised primarily in Texas, he graduated from Wichita Falls High School in 1941. He enlisted in the United States Navy in April of 1942, served on a B-24 bomber and was a member of the Navy Squadron, "Screaming One-O-Four". After being discharged following WWII in January of 1946 he married the love of his life on August 10th of that year. In 1948 Jim decided to head out west to Richmond, CA (Where he had an uncle and cousins) with Marcy and their one year old toddler Lynn, to pursue an Engineering Degree.Marcy always talks about how she had to put her toddler in daycare so she could go to work and support Jim through college. While in Richmond they had their 2nd child Gary in 1952. Jim went to work for the state of CA and became a licensed Professional Engineer. He fell in love with the Sonoma County area and moved to Santa Rosa in 1955. In 1958 he joined with partners Ed Winters, Clay Davis, and Clyde Smith to start up a construction company named Argonaut Constructors. Jim was the last living founder. He retired from Argonaut in 1984. In 1963 Jim and Marcy had their 3rd son, Steven, as they continued their love for Sonoma County are and all the many wonderful friends they made over the years. Jim was an avid, and skilled, fisherman. But he always made it very clear to everyone he knew that the best catch of his life was his beautiful Marcy Jean. So of course, he named his boat after her!The Marcy J. But aside from loving to fish, he also loved to go dancing with Marcy and his friends. Marcy LOVED to dance and he loved dancing with her! They were members of the Santa Rosa Moose Club and took advantage of every dance party you can imagine! Jim was a devoted family man and loyal friend. His brother, Wade Jr. once said of him "The world is a better place because James Russey is in it!" No doubt anyone that knew Jim would lovingly agree. Services fro Jim will be held at Eggen and Lance Chapel at 1540 Mendocino Avenue in Santa Rosa on Friday, May 29th. Viewing will be from 10:00 to 12:00. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, family and friends are encouraged to visit the website www.srmel.com where there will be a live viewing offered as well as the service at 12:00. Jim was a big supporter of The Boys and Girls Club which he believes saved him as a young boy in Wichita Falls, Texas. He would be pleased if you choose to donate to that organization or the Hanna Boys Center in lieu of flowers.
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Friday
29
May

James Russey visitation

10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Friday, May 29, 2020
Eggen & Lance Chapel - Santa Rosa
1540 Mendocino Ave
Santa Rosa, California, United States
(707) 545-3747
Friday
29
May

James Russey funeral

12:00 pm
Friday, May 29, 2020
Eggen & Lance Chapel - Santa Rosa
1540 Mendocino Ave
Santa Rosa, California, United States
(707) 545-3747
Friday
29
May

James Russey burial

1:15 pm
Friday, May 29, 2020
Santa Rosa Memorial Park
1900 Franklin Avenue
Santa Rosa, California, United States
7075421580
Committal service for James Russey following chapel service, time approx