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John F Russo Sr. of Mineville, N.Y., passed away suddenly on Friday, February 23, 2018. He was born on Dec. 31, 1933, the son of the late Joseph Russo and Rose Tobin. He was also predeceased by several siblings. He was an Army Veteran who served our country in the Korean War and a member of the 105th Infantry, Army Reserves. Johnny was an avid member of the community and a huge fan of sports - everything Moriah Vikings and Nascar Racing, following Dale Earnhardt all around the south. From the time his own children could throw a ball, he was in the yard and at the fields watching high school games. Rarely missed a game and was a huge support to all kids. He is survived by his wife Jean (Riddle) Russo of 64 years; his children, John Russo Jr., Caroline Tromblee (Brian), Jeffrey Russo (Lisa), Theresa Trombley (Leo), Julie DeSimone (Derrick); his grandchildren, John Russo III, Justin Russo, Melody McDonough, Christina Slattery, Sierra Russo, Jenna Russo, Travis Sherman, Zachary DeSimone, Katilyn DeSimone; great-grandchildren, Vittoria Abell, Sean Abell, Makayla Slattery, Aaliyah Russo, Remi Sherman and Easton Sherman; his brother, Anthony Russo; stepbrothers and sisters, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law and many nieces and nephews. Johnny will be remembered as a true family man always putting his family first and making sure that each one of us was safe at home every night and quick to offer any support they needed.
In lieu of flowers you may donate to the John F. Russo Memorial Athletic Scholarship.
A celebration of his life will take place on Sunday, February 25, at the Mineville VFW from 12 to 2 p.m.
To leave condolences for the family please visit www.harlandfuneralhome.com.
Published on February 24, 2018
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