Memorial services are scheduled for 10 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, at Ballard Chapel for Dennis Charles Russo, 69, who passed away Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, in Lubbock, Texas. Rev. Mike Joy of Christ Church will be officiating. Dennis will be cremated according to his wishes.
Dennis was born April 5, 1943, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to Carl Julius Russo and Dorthea Ruth Donovan. His parents preceded him in death. Dennis married Gayle Ann Wilson on Aug. 3, 1963, in Long Beach, Calif. She survives him at the family home in Roswell.
Also surviving him is his son Michael Russo of Roswell; daughter Laura Russo of Roswell; brother William Stanley Russo and wife Marcia of Buena Park, Calif.; sister Karla Marie Rima and husband Jim of Buena Park, Calif.; grandchildren, Lacy Leischner, Christy Hudson and Ashley Hudson; and one great-grandchild Rylie Leischner.
Dennis owned and operated American Transmission. He was a member of the Roswell Gun Club, Cottonwood Hunting Club and Masonic Lodge of Roswell and Hagerman. Dennis enjoyed pheasant hunting with his dogs Oppy and Luke. He also enjoyed riding his horse Baxter.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made in Dennis’ name to the Leukemia Foundation, 4600 A Montgomery Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, N.M., 87109.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at ballardfuneralhome.com.