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May 3, 2014

Elijah David Russ

Elijah David Russ

BALDWINSVILLE — Elijah David Russ, 93, of Baldwinsville, passed away peacefully on April 28, 2014, at Syracuse Home surrounded by his loving family.

Elijah, known as David throughout his life, was the son of Elijah and Sarah (Lotridge) Russ. Born on July 9, 1920, in Fonda on a farm. His father was employed as a Division Manager for the Dairymen’s League which meant moves to Albany, Canton, Buffalo, Rochester and Scranton, Pa.

The family lived in Clarks Summit, Pa., and David attended Keystone College for two years. He then transferred to Miami University at Oxford, Ohio. Following college graduation, David entered the U.S. Army in 1942, during World War II. Upon discharge in 1946, he went to work on the family farm at Mount Upton in Chenango County.

David married the love of his life, (the girl next door), Arleen Odell, in 1949.

David was active in farm organizations throughout his years in the dairy farm industry. He served as president of the Chenango County Farm Bureau. He was also president and an active member of the Mount Upton Lions Club, and was made a lifetime member. David served as Justice of the Peace for the Town of Guilford for a few years.

David and son, Philip, were in a partnership, known as the Russ Farm, for many years until his retirement. Upon retirement, he and Arleen traveled to Europe, Hawaii and Alaska.

David was a loving and caring husband, father and grandfather. His wit, integrity and quiet sense of humor will live on in all those who knew him.

After living 61 years on the Russ Farm, and raising two children, Philip (Helen) and Diane (Jay) Jillson, they moved to Baldwinsville, to be near their daughter and family who reside in Syracuse. Six grandchildren, Barret (Kayte) Russ, Sarah (Wray) Russ Warner, Lynsie Russ, Jennifer (Bernard) Jillson Reilly, Scott (Melissa) Jillson, Lauren Jillson; stepgrandchildren, Michael (Heather) Bachman, Nathan (Dawn) Derr and Lucas Derr; nine great-grandchildren; several great-nieces and -nephews.

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