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In Memory of

Ron Ronald Russell

January 16, 1948 - September 12, 2016

Obituary


Ron Russell
January 16, 1948 - September 12, 2016

Two hearts danced between heaven and earth,
Soaring beyond the bounds of time and space
To repose and beget a love eternal, defying even the grip of death.

As his wife and best friend, Genni, it's with great sadness that I share the news that my beloved husband, Ron, passed away peacefully September 12, 2016, at Community Hospital, with me at his bedside and his hand on my heart. Ron had suffered for years from a long illness which he weathered with...

Ron Russell
January 16, 1948 - September 12, 2016

Two hearts danced between heaven and earth,
Soaring beyond the bounds of time and space
To repose and beget a love eternal, defying even the grip of death.

As his wife and best friend, Genni, it's with great sadness that I share the news that my beloved husband, Ron, passed away peacefully September 12, 2016, at Community Hospital, with me at his bedside and his hand on my heart. Ron had suffered for years from a long illness which he weathered with phenomenal grace and herculean determination. This illness did not hold him back from living a very purposeful life.
Ron taught for the Monterey Unified School District for 35 years. He had the opportunity to teach in a very unique program, with his adult international students located at both Fort Ord and the Naval Postgraduate School. Additionally, he taught on and off part-time at Monterey Peninsula College. He touched the lives of hundreds of students over those years, all who now live in countries around the world.
Those of you who are faithful readers of The Herald's opinion page may remember Ron as the writer of many letters and commentaries, some serious and others tongue-in-cheek, but all focused on his passion for fairness. He continued until the end of his life on his quest to right the wrongs he saw around him, even while he was fighting to keep his own health issues from overwhelming him. He was a prolific writer of not only letters, but essays, English grammar material, and a novel, "Lords and Creatures", which he worked on and was able to have e-published just prior to his passing.
Ron was a wonderful friend and neighbor. He was the first one to offer help to anyone who asked, and even when not asked he could be spotted on his street sprucing up a neighbor's yard.
My husband will be remembered for his love of family and friends, his generosity, kindness and sardonic wit. I will treasure the memories of the things that we enjoyed. We loved being in nature as often as possible. The beauty of our local area was a huge part of our life, and we took full advantage of it. We walked by the water, visited our local parks and hiked the trails in the valley. We also loved children, music, art, ballroom dancing and traveling. I am extremely grateful for his love and care for all of our 39 years together and I will miss him more than I can say.
On behalf of Ron and myself, I'd like to express our thanks and deep appreciation to Dr. Thomas Bradley for his many years of care and support, as well as the entire staff at CHOMP, especially the nurses at Terrace West, the Cancer and Infusion Center, Short Stay, Palliative Care, Radiology and Blood Lab staff, as well as our friends in Registration and Valet. We truly felt their love, support, and care for us over the years. Special thanks go to Desiree, our VNA nurse, and Dr. Ruben Mesa of the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix for his expertise in Ron's care.
Besides me and my family, Ron is survived by his sister Phyllis and two nephews, Steven (Nancy) and Eddie, his cousin Dave, and a niece, Janie. He was predeceased by his mother, father and five siblings.
No formal service will be held. A private celebration of life will take place at a later date. The online memorial registry may be signed at Paul Mortuary.com. If you would like to make a donation in Ron's name, a charity near and dear to both Ron's and my heart is St. Jude's.

Arrangements under the direction of The Paul Mortuary, Pacific Grove, CA.