Mr. William (Bill) Wayne Russom, 83, passed away peacefully in his sleep on December 5, 2023. A private graveside service will be held at a later date, where Bill will be laid to rest with his wife, Beverly, at the Cape Canaveral National Cemetery.
Bill was born in Great Bend, Kansas, on January 23, 1940, to the late Warren and Bernice Russom. In addition to his parents, Bill is preceded in death by his wife, Beverly Greenfield Russom, and brothers Wilbur and James Russom.
Bill served his country proudly in the United States Navy. His time in the Navy kindled a love for aviation that became his life’s profession. Bill retired after 45 years in the aviation industry as a mechanic. He spent most of his spare time building and flying model airplanes, piloting his own personal airplane, and attending air shows. Bill loved to watch the Navy's Blue Angels fly. In addition to model airplanes, he had a knack for building model trains and their landscapes. When Bill took a break from his planes and trains, he enjoyed watching old westerns, football, and NASCAR. He also liked to travel to some of his favorite places, to include Switzerland, Colorado and Alaska. He lived in the following states: Kansas, Colorado, California, Maine, Texas, Florida, and Georgia. Bill also enjoyed being outside fishing or practicing his photography skills. Above all, Bill cherished the time he spent with his family. He was a loving father, grandfather, great grandfather, and dear friend who will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
Bill is survived by his daughters: Michelle (Mike) Bounds and Cindy (Ken) Phillips; grandchildren: Lindsay (Brandon) Alexander, Shayne (Danielle) Bounds, Avery Phillips, and Kincade Phillips; great grandson, Paxton Bounds; sister-in-law, Gwen Russom, his trusted and faithful lab Zowie, and a host of extended friends and family.
Please sign the online guest registry at http://www.heritagemfh.com and leave a personal condolence for the family.
Heritage Memorial Funeral Home & Crematory has the honor of being entrusted with the arrangements.