Russell K. Thomas


Russell K. Thomas, 89, passed away on Wednesday, December 19, 2018. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on December 11, 1929, he was the son of William and Olive Thomas. He served in the US Navy as a radar man on the USS Fred T. Berry. Stationed in the combat information center, he tracked surfaces and scanned for crafts and airplanes. He enjoyed the travel opportunities that the Navy provided and his stint as a boxer for the Navy team.

Russell was a graduate of Ballston Spa High School and was a running back on the football team. He was a drummer in band and orchestra and later played at private events and on the radio. He loved music and went to more than twenty shows with his daughter Shelley. Russell worked at Grand Union for 25 years and then Curtis Lumber for another 25 years, retiring from his long career as a Senior purchasing agent at Saratoga Lumber Traders.

Russell went to Precise Fitness and Training and worked out regularly; two to three times a week. His exceptional trainer, Gina Sabatini worked with him for more than 25 years.

He was predeceased by his wife Myrtle, and his parents Bill and Olive. Russell is survived by his daughters Shelley Thomas, and Jill Willey (Larry); grandsons Thomas Willey (Kim) and Patrick Willey (Sara); great grandchildren Hannah, Mac, Sophia, Olivia, Eli and Henry; brother Edward Thomas (Rose); several nieces and nephews; and his beloved Shih Tzu, Lilly.

At Russell’s request, funeral services will be private.

Memorial contributions in memory of Russell may be made to Christ Episcopal Church.

Guest Book

Sally Deming Jenkins

I have not seen your Dad in many years but it was my Mom and Dad that sold them their home on Devils Lane. So sorry to hear of your loss. My folks both passed in 2017, one in July and the other in December. I have a picture of you girls at our Camp on the Great Sacandaga in the early 60's. Praying for God's comfort and peace in the coming year.

Robert and Frieda Kiehl

I (Robert) worked at the Grand Union (Grandway) on Central Ave. in Albany when I was in high school and during my two year of college at HVCC from 1964 to 1967. Russ was one of the managers there. He was great to work with and it was interesting to meet him again when my wife Frieda and I purchased our home on Randall Road in Ballston Spa with our first child in 1976. Russ was a very nice person and easy to talk with as I walk Randall Road very often. I will miss him and his smile. My prayers are with his family.
God Bless,

Robert & Frieda Kiehl,

523 Randall Road,
Ballston Spa, NY 12020

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction,
faithful in prayer, share with God's people
who are in need. Practice hospitality
Romans 12:12-13

Timothy & Melanie Brown

So sorry to hear of Russ’s passing. He had a constant smile and never forgot a face. His loyalty in business with Bob Curtis is certainly a lost trait today. He was a longtime family friend and my dad (Ken) referred to him as an older brother. I will always remember him so fondly and hope he rests in peace which is well deserved. God bless Russ, he’s in our thoughts and prayers.