YOUNGSTOWN – Oddie G. Russ, 92, passed away peacefully at his home on Monday, November 14, 2022.
Mr. Russ was born on May 19, 1930 to Ida Gainer-Russ and George Russ in Cottondale, Florida.
Moving to Ohio from New Jersey, he first worked for the Lyden Oil Company, from which he bought and owned The Russ Amoco Gas and Service Station from 1966 to the present. Through owning the station, he helped as many people as he could, whether it be helping fix their cars, teaching car care and repair, job opportunities, fundraising for car washes, community events through sponsorship, or a variety of other initiatives to support his community. In the winter, he doubled the workload by providing snowplough services to churches, businesses, and individuals.
He was known in the congregation as a deacon of the Antioch Baptist Church, where he held the position of Sunday School Superintendent and served as a member of the Deacon Board. He was also a Freemason of the Youngstown Ohio Chapter, now defunct.
Oddie G. Russ was father, brother, son, uncle, grandfather, great-grandfather, and great-great-grandfather, all roles he was proud of. He loved baseball, fishing, going to church, telling stories and jokes, and being a business owner.
He enjoyed listening to gospel, country and contemporary jazz music. He was an avid gardener, although some of those years the marmots took advantage of his vegetables. Retired, you could probably catch him at home on the porch in the sun.
He leaves his sisters Beatrice Murray, Clara Murray and Dorothy Robinson to preserve his memory; daughters Loretta Lane (Edwin Moore) of Youngstown and Janet Russ-Ogunbote of Irving, NJ; a son, Gregory Russ of Clifton, NY; Grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren, Janellen Lane, Asia Lane, Jarel Heard, and Aeron (great-great-grandchildren), Richard Ogunbote Jr. and Mark Ogunbote of New Jersey, and Tina Ogunbote and Ramses Leon (great-great-grandchildren). great) of Michigan; as well as a variety of family members, friends and co-workers.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Jane Russ; his first wife, Lillian Russ; brother, John T. Russ; and sisters, Mary Rodgers, Rosa Mae Russ, Georgina Griggs and Ruby McCoy.
The visitation will take place on Tuesday, November 22, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Antioch Baptist Church. Services will follow promptly at 11 a.m. on Tuesday in the church.
Please remember to wear your mask over your mouth and nose when entering the church.
The FD Mason Memorial Funeral Home was honored to serve the family during this time of bereavement.