Obituary: Russell A. Thornhill
Russell Thornhill, a former resident of Prescott, Arizona, passed away peacefully at home Jan. 16, 2015, in Carson City, Nevada. He is survived by his loving wife, Joyce Thornhill, son Gary Thornhill (Mary), and grandsons Joe Thornhill (Kelly) of Prescott and Spencer Thornhill of Half Moon Bay, California. He is also survived by close family members Judy McConville (Frank), Candi Ruf, Tami Ruf (Brian), Kim Hubbard and their children Patrick Garrett (Terri) and Gwen Griswold (Michael), Marshall and Brandon Ruf, Taryn and Delanie Ruf, Ethan and Alannah Hubbard, James, Ryan and Megan Garrett and Amber and Erin Griswold.
Russ was born March 10, 1921, in Pawhuska, Oklahoma, and grew up in Carson City and Prescott. He briefly attended the University of Arizona on a tennis and golf scholarship. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII, stationed in Le Havre five days after D-Day. In 1951 he settled in Santa Clara, California, where he ran Western State Stone Company until he retired in 1996.
Russ enjoyed sports and was an avid golfer before his health declined and could be found on many golf courses throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. He took great pleasure in the San Francisco Giants' three recent World Series wins.
A memorial service was held at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Carson City, Nevada.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Nevada Humane Society, Carson City. Russ' loving and generous heart will be missed.
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