Russ graduated from Skaneateles High School in 1949. He then attended Cornell University graduating in 1954. Russ served in the Army and was stationed in Verdun, France.
After a brief career with Honeywell, Russ returned to Skaneateles to run the Cedar House Bowling Lanes for his father.
He finally found his career path in floor covering, owning and operating Commercial Carpet Contractors for over 30 years. Most of his work with this company was for the SU dorms and dining halls.
After selling his company Russ volunteered with the Laker Limo as a driver. His favorite outings were the once a month Thursday night dinners with a group of ladies from the Village Landing and the Gateway.
Anyone that knew Russ knew his passion was football, he played for Coach Hyatt at Skaneateles, then played for Cornell and was a high school referee for 25 years.
Russ was predeceased by his parents Paul and Ada Zechman and sister Jeanette Zechman.
He is survived by his children Linda Zechman (Bruce) Van Holtz and Andrew Kent Zechman, grandchildren Danielle, Toby and Dylan Van Holtz and great grandchildren Owen Van Holtz and Paris Londono.
Services for Russ will be 10 a.m. Friday, June 18th at Skaneateles United Methodist Church. Calling hours will be from 4-7 p.m. Thursday June 17th at Robert D. Gray Funeral Home, Skaneateles.
In lieu of flowers donation’s can be made to The Skaneateles Methodist Church or to Laker Limo.
To send condolences, visit robertdgrayfuneralhome.com.