Russell Guidroz Sr., 85, a resident of Patterson, passed away peacefully, Thursday, January 19, 2023, surrounded by his loving family, after a long battle with renal complications.
Russell was born May 8, 1937, on Weeks Island, LA - the son of Odile Joliet Guidroz- Ohmer and Walton Guidroz.
Russell married his high school sweetheart, the love of his life, Connie Guidroz. and they lived a loving, happy, life together. Russell worked in the oilfield and diving industry for over 55years. He enjoyed his job until the day he retired, helping several people over the years. During his many years as a Dive Crew Supervisor and Equipment Mgr. he met many young divers that remained his friends over the decades. Russell was well respected for his work ethic and sense of humor. Many of his hobbies and activities as an individual and with family and close friends included: hunting, fishing, men’s league baseball and volleyball when younger, camping with Connie and friends. During latter years he enjoyed, woodworking and building boats and other items with his Brother-in-law using antique reclaimed aged Cyprus wood from local swampland. After retirement you could find him in his vegetable and flower gardens almost daily - he was a very successful gardener.
He will be greatly missed and lovingly remembered by his children and grandchildren: four children, Ramona Guinn, Cindy Clemons and husband Mark, Rusty Guidroz and wife Michelle, Christine Guidroz; brother in law, Irwin Fabre Sr. and wife Judy; Sister and brother-in-law, Betty and Jerry Chesness; 10 grandchildren, Casey Stark, Caitlin Guinn, Daniel Clemons, Alysse Fetty, Zachary Guidroz, Shalie Fangue, Miya Guidroz, Clay Lovett, Christopher Lovett, and Michael Joseph; and 14 great-grandchildren.
Russell was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Connie Fabre Guidroz; Mother, Odile M. Ohmer; Father & Mother in-law, Morris and Petite Fabre; Son-in-law, Stephen Guinn and best friends, Walter and Tut Theriot.
A memorial visitation will be held Saturday, January 21, 2023, at Twin City Funeral Home from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. with a service at 2:00 p.m. and military honors will be rendered by the east St. Mary military squad at 2:30 p.m.