Richard "Dick" Russo
June 4, 1930-June 8, 2011
Richard "Dick" Russo, 81, passed away
after a long illness with his wife family by his side.
He was born in Brooklyn, New York on
June 4, 1930. When he was a teenager, he
moved to Spokane with his mother. His
mother married Gene DeLuca in Walla Walla
where he attended school and graduated
from Wa-Hi in 1947. He served in the Navy
and received an honorable discharge.
He owned his own business and had a variety of jobs
before going to work at the State Penitentiary, for 20 years, in
transportation. He retired after the death of his wife, Edith
of 40 years. He met married Caroline Conrad Bannister in
2003. He enjoyed his retirement years gambling, fishing and
hanging out with his friends at the Poplar Street Donut Shop.
He loved going out to eat and he especially loved the Olive
He loved his family and grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Caroline of 8 years; his brothers, Louis (Shirley)
DeLuca, Donald (Mary) DeLuca; a sister, Marguerite (Bennie)
Daltoso; his children, daughter Shirley (Alford) Harper; son,
George (Toni) Bunce; daughter Terri Mellish; son Rick (Traci)
Russo; six grandchildren; six great grandchildren and numerous
nieces nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Henry Russo;
mother and father, Carolina Russo DeLuca and Gene DeLuca;
his first wife, Donna Jo; infant son, Richard Russo Jr., his second
wife, Edith Russo, and their son, Louis Bunce.
Viewing visitation will be held on Tuesday, June 14,
2011 from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM at the Herring Groseclose
Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder, Walla Walla. The Rosary will be
held on Wednesday, June 15, 2011 at 6:00 PM also at the funeral
home. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday,
June 16, 2011 at 10:00 AM at Assumption Catholic Church
with Father Tim Hays, Officiant. Vault interment will follow
at Mountain View Cemetery. Memorial contributions may
be made to Walla Walla Community Hospice or St. Mary Regional Cancer
Center through the funeral home.