The Obit For Russ Weenink


Russ was born in Storm Lake, Iowa on 3 April, 1920.

While receiving military training in Memphis, TN, he played professional baseball for the Memphis Chicks with Joe DiMaggio. He was a veteran of WWII and the Korean conflict. Russ’ military “callsign” in the airplane was “Rip”. During WWII on one of his B-17 bombing missions to Germany, his plane was attacked causing him to crash land in France. After the wars, he continued his military career and retired a Lieutenant Colonel in August 1969 in Hamilton AFB, California. He was a member of the 379th Bomb Group WWII Association.

He was preceded in death by his parents Clarence and Ethel Weenink and brother Ronald F. Weenink. He leaves behind his beloved wife Lucy, daughters Sheila Weenink-Gibson of Dallas, TX, and Jyl Weenink-Cline (husband John) of Shalimar, FL, and son Rusty Weenink (wife Suzanne) also of Shalimar, FL, step-daughters Katy Tenny of San Marcos, CA, and Pat Bartlow (husband Gary) of El Cajon, CA, granddaughters Jamie Gibson and Kara DeWitt of Dallas, TX, Michelle Weenink Bryan (husband Kevin) of Niceville, FL, grandson Jason Weenink of Chicago, IL, step-grandson Shawn Tenny of San Marcos, step-granddaughter Jackie Freeman of Encinitas, CA, great grandson Zachary Gibson of Dallas, TX, great granddaughter Taylor Bryan of Niceville, FL, brother Ray Weenink (wife Ramona) of Akron, IA, sisters Fran Weenink-Kraus (husband Russell) of Denver, CO, and Mary Weenink-Vasa of Denver, CO.

He was a loving Husband, Father, Grandfather and Brother. We all love you and will miss you.

Russ passed away on July 29, 2009, and will be buried with military honors at the El Camino Memorial Park cemetery in San Diego, on August 7, 2009 at 12 noon, with a gravesite service will follow. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Air Force Enlisted Village Indigent Widows Fund, 92 Sunset Lane, Shalimar, FL 32579-1000, phone 1-800-258-1413, email: