May 25, 1920 – November 23, 2020
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Russell Youschock on November 23, 2020 at the Crowsnest Pass Continuing Care Centre in Blairmore, AB at the tender and remarkable age of 100 years.
Russell was born in Athabasca, AB on May 25, 1920 to loving parents Christine (Nee; Horoscack) and John Youschock. He was the second youngest in a line-up of eight children, having 5 brothers and 2 sisters. Russell and his family moved to the Crowsnest Pass and this is where he completed his grade eight education. He worked in the Coleman coalmine and lived a long life as a bachelor. Russell was an avid outdoorsman and he loved trapping, fishing, hunting, teaching and teasing. Although Russell never married or had children of his own, he was the Patriarch in the lives of his nieces and nephews. He was not just an UNCLE, he was a great, great, great UNCLE. Every Sunday he made homemade soup and sent us home with Juicy Fruit or Wrigleys Spearmint gum. He taught us how to gut a fish, skin a squirrel, appreciate the small things and that a simple life can be a great life.
In his 100 years, Russell was around for many life changing moments such as WW2, the War of the Worlds radio series, the first man on the moon and many technological advances.
Russell was predeceased by his parents, John and Christine; siblings Paul, Adam, Pete, Norman, Mike, Dorothy and Alice; niece, Beatrice Gregor; great nephew, Bert (Beaver) Thody and great, great nephew Wes Mckillop.
Left to survive a wonderful legacy are his great nieces, Tracy (Dave) Marshall and Cindy Thody; great, great nieces and nephew, Aliesha (Eddy) Edwards, Amanda (Garrett) Girard, Sara (Jeff) Thody and Thorin Thody; great, great, great nephews and nieces, Mason, Kingston, Hudson, Weston, Jack, Landon, Bailey, Autumn, Odin and Atticus.
The family would like to thank the staff at the Continuing Care Centre for the care Russell received.
At the request of Russell, there will be no funeral service. If friends so desire, donations may be made to the Crowsnest Pass Health Foundation “Continuing Care” (P.O Box 455, Blairmore, AB T0K0E0). Condolences can be registered at www.fantinsfuneralchapel.ca.
Fantin’s Funeral Chapel assisting the family. (403) 562-8555.
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