Russell William Sass

Russell William Sass

September 3, 1943 – March 4, 2022

A Grand ‘ol spirit, caring husband, our selfless and supportive father, loving grandpa, and friend, has passed while surrounded by family.

Preceded in death by wife, Patricia Ann Sass; father, Marvin Sass; mother, Nelda Jensen; brother, Richard Sass; sister, Jolene Marfisi.  Survived by daughters, Tari Lenker (Gary), Kelley Sass (Jeanie); son, Mark Sass; grandchildren, Braedyn and Reed; sister, Lisa; many nieces and nephews.

Russell was a 1961 graduate of Tech High School.  In 1964, Russ and Pat married to begin their lives together.  As residents of South Omaha, they had three children and wanted a small-town atmosphere for their family.  In 1976, Russ and Pat moved the family to an acreage in Elkhorn, Nebraska.  As the children became interested in sports, you would always find Russ coaching soccer, softball, baseball, and basketball.

Once you met Russ, there was no forgetting him.  His enormous and magnetic personality made others laugh or blush, while developing an instant friendship.  Whether he was speaking with family, friends, or an odd fondness to strangers, you could always rely on Russ for ensuring there were no silent moments in conversation.

As a pressman and cancer survivor, Russ retired in 1997 from Barnhart Press.  He lived his retirement dream of watching westerns, being in his recliner, enjoying a loving marriage of 57 years with Pat, and watching his grandchildren go to college.

In lieu of flowers or memorials, please consider a donation in Russell’s name to the Josie Harper Hospice House.  A private family interment at St. John’s Cemetery will occur at a later date.



  • Kari Jorth Posted March 11, 2022 12:18 pm

    My sympathy to the family. I enjoyed getting to know Russ when delivering meals on wheels to him. May the memories you have of him bring comfort and peace..

  • Raleigh Sheffield Posted March 11, 2022 7:09 pm

    I too delivered meals to Russell, on Wednesdays. He always greeted me with a smile. He loved my homemade banana bread. I only knew him a few months but felt like I had know him for years. He will be missed by all of the Meals on Wheels crew.

  • Dick Silvernail Posted March 14, 2022 6:21 am

    My sympathy goes out to the Sass Family.
    I worked with Russell at Record Printing Co. many, many years ago and he taught me quite a bit about the
    printing business, especially the presses that were there. He was always there to help me out when I had questions about the big presses. A one of a kind man and he will be missed .
    Dick Silvernail
    Omaha, Nebraska

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