It is with great sadness the family of Russell Lee Wright, 83, of Brookings announces his passing on December 6th. Russell is survived by his wife of 64 years, Jung Chin (Sue), six children (Bruce, Teresa, Nancy, Linda, Brenda, Joanne), and ten grandchildren. A private viewing with military honors and three-volley salute was held on December 11th.
Russell was born in Riverside, CA in 1938. He had a very challenging childhood and moved multiple times throughout his school years. On his 17th birthday, he enlisted in the Air Force and was assigned to Showa AFB, Japan. It is there that he first set eyes on his future wife. They were married in May 1957.
Russell was also stationed at Tachikawa AFB and Misawa AFB, Japan; Kingsley Field, Klamath Falls, OR; March AFB, Riverside, CA; along with bases in Taiwan, South Carolina, South Korea, and Illinois. It was at Kingsley, and while visiting his aunt in Brookings, that Russell solidified his love for the beauty and tranquility of Southern Oregon.
After 22 years of service, Russell retired from the Air Force in 1977 and settled in San Pedro, CA. He enjoyed fishing and became a licensed commercial fisherman, but found himself out of work due to a strike. Soon after, Russell was recruited by a large American-based company to work as a purchasing manager in Yanbu, Saudi Arabia. After seven years, he relocated to Brookings in 1985 where he had his dream house built.
Before final retirement, Russell worked as a purchasing manager at Square Deal for many years and volunteered as a police reserve.
He spent the remaining years of his life enjoying time with his family, fishing, working on house projects, doing crossword puzzles, writing a comprehensive crossword dictionary, and playing games on his computer.
Russell will be remembered for being a warm, loving, and generous man with a very big heart. Despite his struggle to find unconditional love, acceptance and stability as a young boy, he is especially beloved, respected and admired for being a devoted husband and father who succeeded in providing everything he did not have as a child.
Russell you are very much loved and missed by your entire family, especially your adoring wife who painfully morns your passing over and over again . . . Rest In Peace Dad.