Russell Lloyd Lusso, 72, of Amarillo, TX passed away on July 26, 2021.
Memorial services will be at 11:00 A.M., Wednesday, July 28, 2021, at Harvest Connexion Church.
Russell was born in Kansas City, MO on September 24, 1948, to Leona and Floyd Lusso. Russell was born with an identical twin, Charles. At the time of their birth, twins were not expected, so Russell was a big surprise, as their hearts were beating in synchronization which continued throughout Russell’s life.
As a child, Russell was a great playmate to his five siblings, loved playing baseball with his twin brother, chasing fireflies, and playing hide-and-seek. When he was eight, Russell and his twin Charles became involved with Boy Scouts of America and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout when they were 16. Russell was a tremendous athlete, playing both football and baseball in high school and college. He will be remembered for being a great caretaker for his family, and after his father passed, he shared the honor with his brother, of walking his sister down the aisle at her wedding. Russell also proudly served as a natural surrogate father to his brother’s children, David and Carrie.
Russell moved to Amarillo when he was 35 but still remained connected to his family all across the country. In Amarillo, Russell began work at ASARCO, where he remained for more than 30 years. He also played church league softball, enjoyed weekly rounds of golf with his friends, and filled every room he entered with his laughter and great personality.
In 2002 he married his wife, Denisa, and together they enjoyed an exciting life, often traveling to the beach, working in their garden, and taking vacations with relatives. When they became members of Harvest Connexion Church, Russell cherished gathering with his men’s Bible study group, Bravehearts.
For the past three years, he worked at the Animal Rescue Shelter, often bringing his work home with him in the form of dogs he’d befriended. Russell was an avid Kansas City Chiefs and Royals fan and enjoyed watching all sports no matter who was playing. Some of his most enjoyable moments were when he was sitting on the back porch watching the sunset with Denisa and their seven dogs.
He was preceded in death by his mother Leona and father Floyd Lusso; brother-in-law Paul Zans; and father-in-law Jargo Johnson.
He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Denisa Lusso; twin brother, Charles Lusso and wife Colleen; sisters, Janice Zans, Sharon Foster and husband Art, Lois Schach, and Kathy Mallinson and husband Matt; brother/sister-in-law, Derek and Kathy Johnson; children by marriage, Miles Blankenship and wife Kelly, and Michael Blankenship and wife Carrley; and a large and loving extended family with numerous grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to:
Animal Rescue Shelter, Inc., 12500 FM 1541, Amarillo, Tx 79118
Harvest Connexion Building Fund, 4808 S. Bonham, Amarillo, Tx 79109