Russell Anthony Parise, 85, passed away peacefully Monday
morning, April 24th at home surrounded by his family. He was born on February
2, 1932 in Philadelphia, PA, to the late Salvatore (Samuel) and Pauline
Marino Parise. He was preceded in death by his two older sisters Mary T. Zollo
and Josephine M. Parise.
Russell (fondly known as ‘Russ’ by family and friends) was a
dedicated husband and father. He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years
Frances Parise, whom he married on November 12, 1966; daughter Lisa Pritchard
and husband Robert J. of Frederick, MD; two grandsons Branden and Justin; three
step-granddaughters Cortney, Kirsten and Heather; one step-grandson; six
step-great grandchildren; along with two nieces and one nephew.
A 1950 graduate of Lansdale
High School in Lansdale, PA,
he ran on the school track and cross country teams and won awards for his
accomplishments, including setting the school record for most sit-ups.
Russell served in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1954. After
serving two years in the Army, he joined the Air Force later that year and
served until he retired in January, 1975, with a rank of Technical Sergeant
(TSGT). During his Air Force and Army
career, he was stationed at Wiesbaden, Germany, for four years, as well as Dover AFB, Parks AFB, California, Figi Islands,
AFTAC (Alexandria, VA) and Andrews Air Force Base.
After retirement from the Air Force, he went to work for the
Department of Energy in Germantown, MD, and Washington,
DC. He worked there for over 21 years as an
Emergency Operations Specialist before he retired in 1997.
Russell enjoyed his beer (especially German beer), attending
air shows, family trips to Busch Gardens in Williamsburg,
VA, reading his books, pasta
dinners, photography, subway sandwiches and listening to his music. Russell had
a love for Germany
that was formed when he was stationed there during his military career. He continued
to visit Germany
on vacations throughout his life. He also had a love for classic cars,
especially attending and participating in numerous car shows, where he won many
awards for his “baby,” a 1977 Volvo. He loved the Washington Redskins with a
passion and was a dedicated fan. He was a season ticket holder for over 10 years
and enjoyed attending games with his son-in-law. Most of all, he loved his
family with all his heart.
Family and friends may visit on Thursday, April 27, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at DeVol Funeral Home, 10 East Deer Park Drive, Gaithersburg,
MD. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Friday,
April 28, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Martin of Tours Church, 201 South Frederick Avenue, Gaithersburg,
MD. Interment will be held on Saturday, April 29,
2017 at 2:00 p.m. at Morningstar Lutheran Church
Cemetery in Luray, VA. Memorial donations may be made in Russell’s
name to the Alzheimer’s Association (http://www.alz.org/).