NORMAN — Russell E. White, 64, of Moore, died in a tragic accident while helping a friend Thursday, May 1, 2014, near Woodward. Russ was born Sept. 18, 1949, at Norman Regional Hospital to Shirley Evelyn (Lee) and Virgil Preston White.
As a youth, Russ was known for his precociousness. At the age of 3 months, he could stand holding the back of a chair. This strength grew to a lifetime hobby of lifting weights. He had a talent for working on cars, which began when he was 12. He created a family legend when, as a young boy (with a broken arm), he saved a younger cousin who had fallen into a fish pond.
Russ was a sensitive soul who loved his family deeply. He enjoyed camping and spending time at the lake with his wife, Karen, and three children, Benny, Kristen and Cody. He took joy in traveling to watch Benny’s college football games, fishing with Cody and watching Kristen’s dance recitals. He once built a three-story tree house in his backyard. One of Russ’ hobbies was gardening, and he was particularly happy to share the vegetables he grew with friends and family.
Russ worked for General Motors in Oklahoma City from the day they opened until the day they closed.
Russ joined the U.S. Marine Corps at the age of 17 and served in Vietnam. While Russ and his family were proud of Russ’ military service, Russ suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and struggled with depression and addiction for many years, which worsened in his later years.
His family grieves his passing and the tragic manner in which he died but knows he has found peace in the arms of a loving God and has been joyously reunited with family and friends who preceded him in death, including his parents and younger brother, Virgil.