Russell Bash, of Seattle, WA, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, February 12, 2017. Born on March 28, 1953 in Seattle to Richard and Lois Bash, he had a beautiful family that he loved dearly. They included his wife Gloria of 26 years; children Shelly, Triana, Nicolas, and son-in-law Neal; grandchildren Trejon, Emoni, Dustin, Jailen, and Erin; and siblings Sherry, Rickie (Malone), David, Kathy, Annette, Regina, Matt, Joseph, and Karen; and a host of other family that he loved so very much. He cherished time with family and looked forward to talks with his siblings where he would often share all of the special updates about his children and grandchildren. In addition to his family he had many friends that spanned 6 decades. He never met a stranger and saw the good in everybody–ranging from his old “geriatric set” whom he went on fishing expeditions with in Alaska to the local Turkish barista who referred to dad fondly as his “young man” friend. His quick wit and encouraging words kept a smile on the faces of everyone he met. And being a self-made man, he raised himself up by his bootstraps and lived the American dream. As a young black man he worked tirelessly up the ranks in the Seattle trucking industry and ultimately retired as a successful Operations Manager from a local trucking company. He generously shared the fruits of his success with others and also made wise investments–lessons his children will pass down to the next generations. He is a role model that many hope to mimic, even if it’s just in some small ways. Russell will be greatly missed. His viewing will be held at Columbia Funeral Home on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 4pm-8pm. His funeral service will be held at Immaculate Conception located at 820 18th Ave Seattle, WA on Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 10am. Memorial donations may be made in Russell’s name to St. Paul’s School or Parish located at 10001 57th Avenue South Seattle, WA 98178.