Mr. W. Russell Beckwith, age 83, formerly of Clayton, died Monday, Jan. 23rd, at his residence. There will be a Celebration from 2-5pm, on Saturday, Jan. 28th, at the Clayton Volunteer Fire Department. A Memorial Service will at 4pm, with Reverend Donald Briant officiating.
Burial will be at Saint Mary’s Cemetery on July 3rd, at a time to be announced.
Arrangements are with the T.R. Jetty Funeral Home in Clayton.
Russ was born March 24th, 1933, in Livonia, N.Y., the son of Avary and Bernadine Cisco. He attended Livonia schools.
He entered the Army Air Corp December 28th, 1950. He was honorably discharged at the rank of Corporal, on December 15th, 1953.
On August 7th, 1954, he married the former Myrna Ellsworth in Victor, N.Y. They were married for 62 years.
Russ worked for Iron Workers Local 33 in Rochester doing structural building, retiring in 1976. They moved to Clayton in 1969, before his retirement, and retired from dairy farming in 1994.
He was a former member of the Masons, the Shriners, Eagles, Moose, and Eastern Star, the Am vets, and was an honorary member of the Clayton Fire Department.
Russ especially enjoyed playing Santa Clause for kids in the area for many years. He loved helping everyone and doing many pig roasts.
Surviving besides his wife Myrna, are three sons, Scott (Patty), Stephen, and Curt (Karen) all of Theresa; eight grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren; one brother, Seth (Shirley) of Antwerp; one sister, Norine, of Lyons, N.Y.; nieces and nephews.
He is predeceased by his daughter Starleen, in 1976; three brothers, Asa, Calvin, and Berton; and one sister, Christine Schuldes.
Donations can be made in his name to either the Clayton Fire Department, or the Theresa Fire Department.