Wednesday, June 12, 2024

James W. Russell, 86, of Newport News

James W. Russell (Weymouth Funeral Home & Crematory)

James W. Russell, 86 years old, of Newport News, passed away peacefully in his home on Sunday, April 7, 2024 surrounded by many family members. His caretaker for two years was his loving and caring granddaughter, Tiffany Brant.

James Russell was born to James and Virginia Russell in Buffalo, NY, the oldest of 3 brothers whom are Brian (Carolyn), Bob (Sandie) and Gary (Claire). After graduating from High School Number 33, he studied Engineering at Buffalo University where he received his degree. Later he achieved his master’s degree at Arizona State.

During this time, he met and fell in love with Patricia Diane Hershey from York, PA. They were married in 1959 and had two children. They celebrated their 50th anniversary before Pat passed away in March 2012.

His first job was an Aeronautical Engineer with Lockheed in Seattle for two years before being transferred to Los Angeles in 1963. He worked in the San Fernando Valley for 7 years. His job then took him to Newport News in 1970 where he worked for LTV which is a subsidiary of NASA for over 40 years.

James and Patricia have two children, Jim and Kimberly. James was a wonderful and devoted father and husband. He always taught us life lessons and supported us all throughout the many accomplishments of our lives. When James wasn’t working at LTV, he could be found jogging, playing tennis and coaching in his kids’ sports.

James was predeceased by his wife, Patricia; his mother, Virginia; his father, James and his brother, Brian. He is survived by his children, Jim and Kimberly and their spouses, Marilyn and Greg and his two brothers, Bob and Gary Russell. Between them they have 7 children, 15 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

The family requests that donations be lovingly made to Warwick Memorial United Methodist Church, Newport News of which James Russell was a member. Funeral Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 20, 2024 at WMUMC.

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