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.