Russell L. Crooks, 86, of Glen Allen, Va., passed away on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. For the past three months, he had been a resident of The Laurels of University Park Nursing facility where he had been receiving care.
Russell was born in Randolph, N.Y., Nov. 16, 1926, to parents Lowell Crooks and Ruth (Northcraft) Crooks.
He graduated from Randolph Central School in March 1945, when he was drafted into the U.S. Army.
Russell L. Crooks
He served in the 11th Airborne in the occupation of Japan. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army in November 1946.
Russell and his wife resided in Ashville, N.Y., for a number of years, where they were members of the Ashville United Methodist Church, and Russell was a member of the Ashville Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad as an EMT. They were then longtime residents of Randolph, N.Y., until they retired to Orange City, Fla., in 1994. In 2002 they moved to Yuba City, Calif., to live with their son, Dan and then in 2008, they made their final move to Richmond, Va., to be near their daughter, Martha.
Russell was a member of the East Randolph United Methodist Church, The Randolph American Legion Post 181 and the Lakewood Rod and Gun Club. He was a retired 25-year member of the Randolph Volunteer Fire Department and the Rescue Squad as an EMT.
Russell is survived by his wife of 60 years, Arla (Bissell) Crooks; children: Martha (Bruce) Ecker of Richmond, Va., and Daniel (Jan Locey) Crooks of Marysville, Calif.; four grandchildren: Amanda (Jason) Rosolen of Peekskill, N.Y., Kelly Ecker of Longwood, Fla., Lucas Ecker of Richmond, Va., and Joshua Crooks of Woodbridge, Va.; and four great- grandchildren: Kayla, Aiden and Peyton Crooks and Jackson Russell Rosolen. Russell is also remembered fondly by his two sisters: Reah Wilcox of East Randolph, N.Y., and Joanna Campbell of Burlington, Vt.; along with many dear nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the East Randolph United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 67, East Randolph, NY 14730-0067.
Services will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family.