Due to Covid-19 the funeral is limited in number of attendees. We will be honoring him at Tahoma National Cemetery on Thursday September 24, 2020.
On Saturday September 12, 2020 at home and surrounded by family, Russell O. Sapel took his final breath. Born in Plattsburgh, NY to Tida & Robert Sapel. He adored Plattsburgh, but followed his hero and brother Wayne into the Navy in 1964. There he served 3 well-decorated years in Vietnam, earning a Bronze Star with Valor and 2 Purple Hearts. Like so many surprises Russ had in store, after coming home from war, he built a successful career in the beauty supply business in CA. He then rounded out his working years in the software business; spending much of his last decades working from home in his bathrobe, where the coffee was on all day, & his diet consisted mainly of cigarettes. The job he did best of all was father where he taught his kids to work hard, pay attention, look for the good and never give up.
Russ was not the handiest of men. “Fixing” something often meant copious amounts of JB Weld or duct tape. He wasn’t particularly great at following rules either, he once went 15 years without filing a tax return (to which when asked he replied, “what are they going to do? Paint my face green, drop me into a jungle and tell me to survive?”). His superpowers were all things related to people. His legacy is demonstrating unconditional love. Russ was the best kind of sales guy, he lived the Zig Ziglar quote “If you help enough people get what they want, you’ll get what you want.” He was the kind of guy who could say anything to anyone and get away with it. This came in handy as he negotiated deals at flea markets and garage sales always on the look-out for more Rogers Bros First Love patterned silver, often bringing home random purchases he thought others would enjoy.
Russ was preceded by his parents, brothers Robert & Wayne, and sister Iona. He is survived by his wife Holly, children Jenifer, Tiffany, and Jordan and grandchildren Ana, Melvin & Ransom as well as beloved nieces, nephews and card playing friends. COVID-19 is allowing him to execute one of his final wishes; not to be made a big deal out of. He will be honored at Tahoma National Cemetery on Thursday Sept 24th; no reception will be held.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Navy Seal Foundation:
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