Oddie G. Russ 1930-2022 | News, Sports, Jobs


YOUNGSTOWN – Oddie G. Russ, 92, died Monday, November 14, 2022, peacefully at his home.

Mr. Russ was born on May 19, 1930, to Ida Gainer-Russ and George Russ, in Cottondale, Florida.

When he moved from New Jersey to Ohio, he first worked for the Lyden Oil Company, from whom he purchased and owned The Russ Amoco Gas and Service Station from 1966 to present. As the owner of the station, he has helped as many people as possible, from helping them fix their car, teaching car maintenance and repair, to job opportunities , fundraisers for car washes, community events through sponsorships or a vast myriad of other initiatives to help his community. In the winter, he did double duty by providing snowplow services to churches, businesses and individuals.

He was well known in the community as a deacon of the Antioch Baptist Church, where he served as superintendent of Sunday school and was a member of the deacon board. He was also a mason in the now defunct Youngstown Ohio chapter.

Oddie G. Russ was a 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 owning a business.

He enjoyed listening to gospel, country and contemporary jazz. He was an avid gardener, although groundhogs enjoyed his vegetables for some of those years. In retirement, you could probably catch him at home on the porch basking in the sun.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his sisters, Beatrice Murray, Clara Murray and Dorothy Robinson; daughters, Loretta Lane (Edwin Moore) of Youngstown and Janet Russ-Ogunbote of Irving, NJ; one son, Gregory Russ of Clifton, NY; grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, Janellen Lane, Asia Lane, Jarel Heard and Aeron (great-great-grandchild), Richard Ogunbote Jr. and Mark Ogunbote of New Jersey, and Tina Ogunbote and Ramses Leon (great-great) of Michigan; as well as a host of family, friends and associates.

He was predeceased by his wife, Jane Russ; his first wife, Lillian Russ; brother, John T. Russ; and her sisters, Mary Rodgers, Rosa Mae Russ, Georgina Griggs and Ruby McCoy.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, November 22, 2022 at Antioch Baptist Church. Services will follow at 11 a.m. sharp Tuesday at the church.

Remember to wear your mask over your mouth and nose when entering the church.

FD Mason Memorial Funeral Home was honored to serve the family during this time of bereavement.

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