In Memory

Russell "Rusty" Eyre** - Class Of 1969

Russell Rusty Eyre**

Russell "Rusty" Eyre
1951 - 1999

 

  Russell Drewery Eyre, 47, of Grants Pass died Monday, May 17, 1999, at Douglas Community Medical Center.

  Visitation will be from 10:22 a.m. to noon on Wednesday at Hull & Hull Funeral Directors chapel. Funeral services will follow at noon at the chapel with Bob Wood officiating. Interment will be 2 p.m. at Eagle Point National Cemetery.

  Contributions may be made to the Redwood Dialysis Services, 201 S.W. L St., Grants Pass, OR 97526; or to the Kidney Association of Oregon, 3330 N.W. Yeon, Portland, OR 97210.

  He was born Aug. 18, 1951, in Glendale, Calif. He was raised abroad and graduated from high school in Japan. He served with the U.S. Air Force for 20 years, retiring as a captain. During his time in the military, his accomplishments included earning three master's degrees, teaching at the University of Portland, and traveling worldwide. Upon retirement he became a sculptor, creating stone statues of police, firefighters and several other working professions, which he sold through nationwide catalogs. He was also known to be the only sculptor to include female versions of each profession. On Jan. 12, 1994, in Glendale, he married his wife, Pamela. Since 1982 he had battled diabetes.

  Eyre was an avid pool player. In the last Grants Pass election, he also ran for Grants Pass City Council.

  In addition to his wife, survivors include a daughter, Shelbi Neddermeyer of Colorado; a stepdaughter Crystal Nettifee, and a stepson, Keith Lisinski both of Grants Pass; his father, Russell D. Eyre Sr. of California; his mother of Grants Pass; three sisters, two living in California and one in Grants Pass; his grandmothers, one in California and one in Grants Pass; a stepgrandchild; and many other relatives.

 

The Johnson High alumni will miss Rusty very much.