Russell Louis Grunewald
Russell Louis Grunewald, age 74, passed away on Sunday, August 23, 2020 at William Childs Hospice House, Palm Bay, FL.
Born on July 23, 1946, Russell lived his formative years in Oradell, NJ where he met his future wife, Sandra (Pappas) Grunewald. The two lived on the same block and attended Junior High and High school together, unaware that they would be married to each for 52 rich and wonderful years.
Russ served his country proudly in the Vietnam War on the aircraft carrier USS America. After earning a BA and MBA from Indiana State University, Russ invested over 40 years in the retail industry where he became a respected executive at Macy’s and Belk. He was best known for outstanding leadership, mentoring, and results. Because of his work, Russ and Sandy planted roots in many states across the country, including North Carolina, Georgia, Texas, New York, and California… though they always considered the South, especially Georgia, to be their home.
Always an athlete, Russ enjoyed golf, vigorous exercise, and playing tennis competitively for the Atlanta Lawn and Tennis Association.
Among the many qualities he possessed, Russ was always generous with his time, thoughtful in his words, and a genuine family man. He loved nothing more than time spent with his children and grandchildren. He had a dry, wicked sense of humor, never took anything for granted, and would do absolutely anything for his family and friends. He is survived by his wife Sandy of Indialantic, FL, son Keith (Julie) of Brookhaven, GA, daughters, Kerry (Bob) Trombley of Waxhaw, NC, and Kaitlin
(Ryan) Ferguson of Woodstock, GA, his seven grandchildren, Jack, Cole, Dylan, Annalee, Dean, Ryder and Taylor, and his mother-in-law, Betty Pappas of Indialantic, FL. He was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Anna Grunewald.
“When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.”
No public services will take place at this time, but a celebration of life will be held next year. If so desired, in lieu of flowers, you may send donations in honor of Russ to one of the following charities:
The Joe Niekro Foundation™ is committed to supporting patients and families, research, treatment and awareness of Brain Aneurysms, AVMs and Hemorrhagic Strokes. We provide education on the risk factors, causes and treatments of these conditions, while funding the advancement of neurological research. Joe Niekro Foundation
Vietnam Veterans of America™ goals are to promote and support the full range of issues important to Vietnam veterans, to create a new identity for this generation of veterans, and to change public perception of Vietnam veterans. VVA