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Louis Paul Russo

December 29, 1944 March 15, 2012
Louis Paul Russo
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Obituary for Louis Paul Russo

Louis "Paul" Russo died after a 22-month battle with pancreatic cancer on March 15, 2012. Born to Frank and Claudia in Washington D.C. on December 29, 1944. Paul is survived by his wife, Mary Frances, daughter Jean and her husband Jeffrey Bauer, their three children, Dylan, Ryan, and Jenna, and son David and fiancee' Krista, as well as his sister Toby and her husband Pat McGinn and brother Frank and wife Carol.

Paul served his country in the navy and is a Vietnam veteran. Following his graduation from the University of Maryland, Paul continued his government service as an FBI agent for 31 years, and then enjoyed retirement by traveling with friends and family, going up north, boating, and target shooting with the "guys."

Paul's enjoyment of his passions was not to be derailed by his pancreatic cancer diagnosis in April of 2010. The year 2011 was filled with many special moments but a crisp day in May stands out as Paul and Mary, joined by their kids and grandkids, picked up the 1966 GTO that was being restored. Down to every nut and bolt, Paul cherished the process of seeing the car restored, and all of the anticipation was capped off by that first drive. Wonderful cruise nights around town were enjoyed, as was being in the Dearborn Homecoming Classic Car Parade. But none was more special than cruising down Woodward Avenue in the GTO during the Dream Cruise.

Paul's diagnosis also inspired the family to get involved in the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Walking in fundraisers at the Detroit Zoo has been a way to help raise awareness and research funding to find a cure for this disease. In 2011, the Pancreatic Cancer Walk was particularly special. Paul joined 40 of his family (including his sister, Toby, and nieces Melissa and Meaghan and her family from Maryland) and friends (including those from Cincinnati and Chicago) for the walk around the Zoo, all the while talking with each person and setting a good example-not only for the walk, but for his strength and faith in God throughout the fight.

Paul has been a wonderful husband, father, brother, uncle, friend, and mentor. All of those who met him are forever changed for the better. His fight was strong, and he is finally at peace in heaven with his parents and all of his family and friends that have gone before him.

Funeral from St. Joseph Catholic Church, 715 N. Lapeer Rd, Lake Orion, Monday March 19, 2012 at 11 AM. Family and friends may gather at the church beginning at 10 AM and a luncheon will follow at the church immediately following the funeral mass. Interment Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly.

Friends may visit at Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors, 39 W. Burdick, Oxford Sunday March 18th from 2-8 PM.

Memorials may be made to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network or Beaumont Hospice.

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