Our beloved grandfather, Russell Shea, passed away on Nov. 28, 2012.
He was born on Aug. 24, 1917, to Jack and Bertha Shea in Kent, Washington.
His kind and loving spirit set a wonderful example for all who knew him, and he will be forever missed.
He was married to Betty Grush in 1947 and became a parent to her two children, Jim and Jack. They were married for 45 happy years, living most of their married life in Brookings.
Russ held several jobs in the timber industry, but his favorite job was as a shovel operator, loading logs. It was a challenging job that he enjoyed.
Grandchildren began arriving in the 1950s and continued throughout the years as great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren were born and adopted into the family. All were deeply loved, and, as he never forgot what it was like to be young, they came to see him as a friend as well as a grandparent.
He had spent his time traveling, rock hounding and watching the Mariners baseball team. He attended a game in 2001 on his 84th birthday.
He was preceded in death by his wife Betty and two sons, Jim and Jack Grush.
He is survived by grandchildren Teri and Ken Wold, Tami and Bob Waterston, Shawnee and Paul Cobb, Skip and Dawna Grush, Tonya Grush and Irene Papke, Vince and Serena Strauss, Bob Grush and Marsha Grush, Michelle Grush, Larry Cecil, Anita and Tom Fogarty and Russell Grush. Great-grandchildren are Misty and Brandon, Dusty and Ashley, Cory, Tiffany and Shayne, Charlie, Jessica and Damen, Nolan and Sheena, Betty and Mark, Jim, Laura and Billy, Curtis, Ken and Emily, Kelli, Jake, Kevin and Amber, and Joe. Great-great-grandchildren are Quinn, Eli, Dayton, Dempsey, Abbi, Tanner, Izabella, Maryanne, Natalie and Allie. Nieces and nephews are Lynn Wismer, Jerry Groat, Shirliann Cook, Karen Hendricks and close friends Dana and Rusty.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, at Redwood Memorial Chapel, 1020 Fifield Street, Brookings. A celebration of Russ' life and potluck will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, at the Chetco Activity Center, 550 Chetco Lane, Brookings.
Condolences may be expressed online at www.redwoodmemorial.net.
Submitted by Redwood Memorial Chapel.