John Angelo Russo

John Angelo Russo, 88, resident of League City, Texas, passed away on Friday, January 19, 2024, surrounded by his loved ones. He was born in Galveston, Texas on August 2, 1935 to proud and loving parents, Joseph A. Russo and Mary Carillo Russo.  He was a 1953 graduate of Kirwin High School in Galveston, Texas and was a veteran of the Korean War serving in the US Army.

John met his wife Viva dancing at the Galvez Hotel and began dating and married.  They could often be found dancing the night away at popular Galveston dancing venues such as the Silver Spot and The Cave.  John and Viva were avid bowlers and participated in many bowling leagues.  He began his professional career at Todd’s Shipyard in Galveston and then worked at Amoco/BP Chemical Plant in Texas City.

John could often be found golfing at Lakeview Country Club.  When he wasn’t golfing, you would find him playing cards with the fellas where he was a regular at the Monday night game.  He and Viva enjoyed dining with their friends at Gus’ in Texas City and taking many casino trips together.

John was a loving and dedicated Husband, Father, and Grandfather.  He spent many years in support of John and Robyn’s sports and activities.  After becoming a Grandfather, most of his time was spent attending his grandkids sporting and cheerleading events.  John was a regular fixture at Clear Creek Wildcat Football and Baseball games where he was often heard assisting the coaches and umpires.

John was a loving and devoted son, brother, husband, father, and grandfather, as well as respected friend and colleague. John was the youngest of nine siblings and his brothers and sisters were always there to care for him.

He was preceded in death by his parents; the love of his life, wife, Viva Russo; sisters, Jennie Macaluso, Philomena Wilder, Emily Garcia, Ida Crutchfield; brothers, Thomas Russo, Vincent Russo, and Joseph Russo Sr.; Niece Cindy Bryant and nephew Joseph Russo Jr.

John leaves behind to cherish a lifetime of memories, daughter, Robyn Fitzpatrick and husband David; son, John Russo, Jr. and wife Leslie; grandchildren, Colllin Fitzpatrick, Faith Fitzpatrick, Taylor Russo, Dalton Russo, and Dylan Russo; and his sister Margaret Marinelli as well as many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

In his honor a visitation will be held Thursday, January 25, 2024 from 5:00-7:00pm with a rosary at 7:00pm in the Crowder Funeral Home Chapel, 851 FM 517 Road West, Dickinson, Texas. A funeral service will follow on Friday, January 26, 2024 at 12:00pm in the Crowder Funeral Home Chapel. 851 FM 517 Road West, Dickinson, Texas.  Interment will follow at Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery, Dickinson, Texas.  Pallbears will be his son John Russo Jr.,son-in-law David Fitzpatrick, and grandsons Collin Fitzpatrick, Dalton Russo and Dylan Russo.


  1. Mr. Russo certainly assisted the coaches and umpires. He was a loyal fan and will surely be missed. Prayers for comfort to all of his family.

    Marby McKinney
  2. What a wonderful picture of him. Uncle John and Aunt Viva were a always a joy to be around.
    God bless all of us survivers and help to bring us all healing hearts and may Peace be with us all.
    Mark & Tami Russo

    Mark and Tami Russo
  3. I remember John telling the story of how he met Viva dancing. He had a big smile on his face and said with a twinkle in his eye and we never stopped dancing our life long. They were a real team and a pleasure to watch dancing with their special one of a kind moves. They complimented one another and I imagine the last few years without Viva, his forever partner was hard on him. He now takes her hand and continues their dance together! Two hearts join on earth reunited forever in heaven. I am sure he will be missed by all his friends and family left behind. My deepest condolences to Robyn, David, Faith and Collin and to John and Leslie and their boys! He was a special man.

    Gail Fitzpatrick Hopler
  4. I’m sorry to hear the news of your dad, John. My thoughts and prayers will be with you and all of your family …. God Bless You, my friend.

    Crockett DuBose
    • May John rest in peace. I knew John while attending Kerwin high school in the 1950s and was able to reconnect with him. Circa 2011 when we played golf in Friendswood, as I recall his wife also join our grouping. He was a fun guy, and obviously had a real love for life. I am certain he provided good assistance to the umpires and coaches of the youth sporting leagues. Good memories!
      August Caballero
      Anaheim California

      August Caballero
  5. We just wanted to extend our sympathies to the entire family for your loss.
    Sending prayers and thoughts your way during this time.

    Cintas 24K
  6. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family from Paul Fonte and his family and Jim Fonte

    Paul Fonte
  7. I am so sorry for your loss. John was a friend of my father, Bob Greaney. They lived in the same neighborhood and went to the same school. They were friends for many years. We last saw him at my father’s memorial service in 2012 which he was kind enough to come to pay his respect.
    I hope you find some peace in knowing he is now with the love of his life, and you’ve all gained a new guardian angel.
    May he rest in peace.

    Janet Greaney Hess
  8. Saddened to read about John, Angelo Russo’s passing. Our deepest condolences to the families. I wanted them to know that I am Vittorio Ferraro, a first cousin living in Sydney, my mother Giustina Russo and father John Giuseppe Russo, from Sant Angelo D’Alife Italy were brother and sister. I would like to contact my relatives directly, I understand that Margaret one of the nine children is still living and I would desperately like to hear from her. Could you please pass on my contact details to the family as follows:

    Vittorio Ferraro

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the Russo family. We send our love. Kind regard, Vittorio Ferraro.

    Susanna Ianni
    • Thank you. I will pass your information onto Susan, Margaret’s daughter.

      Robyn Fitzpatrick

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