Lisle C. Bud Russell Sr. | Passages

A family member of long-time Orcas Island residents, Bud was born Nov. 2, 1932 to Dr. Frank Russell Sr. and Winnifred Russell RN.

Bud spent early years in San Diego but loved to tell about riding the train every summer up to stay with his grandparents on Grindstone Bay. His family moved to Orcas permanently in the 1940s. He cut his senior year short to join the Navy during the Korean War in 1951.

During this time he kept in touch with his future wife Patricia Norberg. After his service they married and attended college together in Bellingham. They had their children at this time.

He taught in Lacey before being hired to design the Graphic Arts Program for Bellevue Community College. The family returned to Orcas and partnered with the family to operate the Union Oil distributorship and the Ferry Ticket Office. Unhappily at this time his wife passed.

Bud opened Grindstone Ink, a print shop then. His last marriage was in 1993 and has lasted 28 years. Sadly leaving Orcas in 1995, they moved to Skagit Valley, to R.V. in the winters and Bud could drive his beloved Big Rigs in the summers. Bud was able to enjoy this until his developing dementia signs affected his last ten years. He was lovingly cared for at Birchview Memory Care Center for his last year.

A memorial for Bud will be held at the American Legion Post #93 on April 16.