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Harold Russell

October 04, 2001

Private family services were Wednesday in Daniels Chapel of the Roses Funeral Home and Crematory in Santa Rosa for Harold Russell, 87, of Rohnert Park, a former Brawley resident who died Saturday in Rohnert Park.

Burial was in Santa Rosa Memorial Park.

Mr. Russell was born on May 12, 1914, in Marshfield (now Coos Bay), Ore. He moved with his parents from Marshfield to Brawley during the Great Depression.

Working with his father, Mr. Russell helped establish Russell Diary, a successful business lasting from the early 1930s to the mid-1960s. He was the prime operator of the Russell Dairy partnership in the years after World War II.

He met his wife to be, Fern Manzy, during his years at University of California, Berkeley. They married in Reno, Nev., in 1940, then settled in Brawley, where their four children were born and raised.


He changed careers during mid-life, entering the airline industry after relocating to San Bruno. He worked at United Airlines, San Francisco maintenance facility from 1967 until his retirement in 1978.

After his retirement, Mr. Russell and his wife, Fern, spent much of their time traveling in Europe and Asia.

In 1983, the Russells moved to the North Bay area, settling in Rohnert Park, where they were active in local social organizations such as the Moose Lodge, Nite Lifers and SIRS (Seniors in Retirement).

Mr. Russell will be greatly missed by all who knew him, according to family.

He was preceded in death by his son John Russell.

Survivors include his wife, Fern Russell of Rohnert Park; daughter, Marilynn Russell of Santa Rosa; daughter and son-in-law, June and John Roe of San Francisco; son and daughter in law Scott and Vicky Russell of Dallas; and four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials to the Alzheimer's Association North Bay chapter, 4340 Redwood Highway, Suite 23, San Rafael, CA 94403.


Graveside services will be private in Riverview Cemetery in Brawley for Monique C. Meeks, 31, of Brawley, who died of heart failure Tuesday in her home. Pastor Wes Smith will officiate.

Ms. Meeks was born July 28, 1970, in El Centro. She was raised in the Imperial Valley and graduated from Mira Mesa High School in San Diego in 1988.

Survivors include her parents, Richard and Carolyn Meeks of Brawley; brother and sister-in-law, Richard J. and Renee Meeks of Vista; brother, Paul Meeks of Brawley; nieces, Amanda and Christina Meeks, both of Vista; fiancee, David Anbro of Brawley; maternal grandparents, Raymond and Charleen Slater of Brawley; and paternal grandmother, Phyllis Meeks of Bakersfield.

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