Russell “Russ” Woodward

Russell “Russ” Woodward

1957 – 2020

Russell “Russ” Woodward died peacefully on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 with his wife by his side.

Russell is survived by his wife, Leimomi Pai-Woodward of Ceres, CA; children Ryan Woodward of Atwater, CA, Janel Shaul (Scott) of Klamath Falls, OR, Jessica Woodward of Medford, OR;  step-children Kalani Souza (Shaunna) of Turlock, CA, Kehaulani Souza of Honolulu, HI, Christian Souza of Ceres, CA; siblings Steve Walls (Mindy) of Ava, MO, Sam Walls (Dianne) of  Munday, TX, Mike Woodward (Julie) of Atascadero, CA, Melissa Jefferes (Michael) of Fresricksburg, VA, Jett Woodard of Little Rock, AR.  He is also survived by his father Roy Elton Woodward (Anne) of Kerrville, TX.

Russell was preceded to death by his Mother Grace Eva Doerksen of Denair, CA.

Amazing husband, father and son, Russell grew up and attended school in Denair.

Upon Graduation he joined the Army and spent four years as a Ranger. He went to work for Proctor and Gamble as a Maintenance Mechanic for over 20 years until they closed.

The next 18 years took his employment to Hilmar Cheese and Frito-Lay.  Russell was a huge music enthusiast and attended many concerts, Elton John, Rod Stewart, Journey, ZZ Top, Bob Seeger, etc.

He was a big history buff and traveled all over California going to significant places that we read about in our history books.

He loved hunting, guns, skiing, hiking, riding his motorcycles, or just relaxing with family and friends.

He was a very proud Papa to Austin and Connor and adored his step-grandchildren, Keoni, Kekoa, Kekai and Ke’alalani. He will be truly missed.

Services will be held at 1:00pm on Monday, January 20, 2020 at Allen Mortuary, 247 N. Broadway in Turlock.  Burial will be held at Denair Cemetery.


  • David Desaire January 19, 2020 9:50 pm

    Grandpa you will never be forgotten you are a awesome friend one day we will meet again thank you for the memories,

  • Bobby Belcher January 19, 2020 10:45 pm

    To my wonderful friend Russell, my heart is truly moved to overwhelming sorrow at your passing.
    For his Family I offer my most sincere heartfelt condolences for the loss of your Father, husband, grandfather and friend. 
    I worked with Russell 9 years and had become good friend in that time. I will miss all aspects of him. Especially about the travels of his life.
    My wife and I spent some time with him last week and had the chance to pray for him. We are thrilled that he excepted Christ into his life. I look forward to seeing my dear friend again.
    May the Lord Jesus Christ bring peace and healing to the hearts and minds of all that New him. 

  • Ryan Brown January 19, 2020 10:56 pm

    I will always remember the wonderful stories he would tell me. We worked together at Frito-Lay, pretty close to 8 years. I felt fortunate he felt comfortable telling me stories of his life and sharing job experiences. His love for History and Historical places throughout California was amazing, Latitude and Longitude was all you needed to find these Historical Sites! He was quite an Amazing person and I will miss him dearly! May God Bless his wonderful family and give them strength. “Rest easy my friend, I will see you again some day”.

  • Pastor Andy Heath January 20, 2020 6:31 am

    My heartfelt condolences to Russell’s Family.
    May Gods Holy spirit bring you comfort.
    I had the honor of knowing Russ for all the years he worked at frito-lay, as a fellow mechanic and Pastor. His humor knowledge of historical places, people and events was always interesting and informative. I also enjoyed spending time ministering to Him the truth and Hope of the Bible, until one day he and I Prayed and He received his eternal promise in Jesus Christ, A day I will never forget.
    the first time I prayed for him was after his first Heart attack In the Hospital. It took great faith to believe God would bring him back to life he was in such bad shape but then God performed the miraculous and brought him back to health. and for this I was Grateful. Russ was a gift and I will miss him. we were trying to get hooked up to get him baptized we just ran out of time.
    But I know that I know he was Good to go. Heavens Gain Our Loss.
    see you soon.

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