Brian John Russ, age 49, son of Yvonne Russ and the late Jack Russ, passed away at his Minneapolis residence Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009.
Brian was born Sept. 4, 1959, and graduated from Dassel-Cokato High School in 1978. He then went on to complete two years of college at the University of Minnesota-Morris.
After a brief time living in Minneapolis, Brian moved to Los Angeles, CA, where he graduated from the Gemological Institute of America Aug. 14, 1981.
While in California, Brian exhibited true entrepreneurial skills. He began his own business (Crystal Fantasies) designing and marketing his jewelry line, worked in catering, and was also an actor, doing work in commercials for a time.
Brian was an avid antiques collector, specializing in oak furniture, and had acquired some amazing pieces throughout his life.
He moved back to Minnesota June 30, 2008, to finish his college education at the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis and to spend time with his family. He blessed them with a summer of memories that will be cherished forever.
Brian is survived by his mother, Yvonne Russ of Dassel; sister Bev Anderson (Larry); niece Kelsey, all of Dassel; and sister Lorie Axelson (David) of Cokato.
He was preceded in death by his father, Jack Russ; and a brother, Kenny.
A private memorial service will take place in the spring.