Olin Keith “Russ” Lasswell, a 57-year resident of Three Rivers, died Thursday, January 2, 2020, in Visalia. He was 89.
A celebration of Russ’s life will be held Saturday, Feb. 8, at 10 a.m., in Harrison Hall at Community Presbyterian Church in Three Rivers. A luncheon will immediately follow.
Russ is deeply loved by his family and will be missed by all.
Russ was born December 6, 1930, in St. Louis, Mo., to Gordon Pat and Helen K. Lasswell. The family moved to California when Russ was 12 years old. Obituary | Russ Lasswell
Russ attended schools in Altadena and Bloomington in Southern California, graduating from Colton High School. During this time, he also learned the trade of carpentry from his father.
Russ served in the U.S. Army from September 1950 to April 1952. He was with the 7th Cavalry during the Korean War. Obituary | Russ Lasswell
In 1951, Russ married Bonita Fierke. Russ and Bonnie moved to Three Rivers in 1962, where they raised their three sons and one daughter. Obituary | Russ Lasswell
Russ and his father built the Village Shopping Center and many other Three Rivers structures. In 1965, Russ took a job with the County of Tulare in the Building and Planning Department.
He worked as a County building inspector for the next 23 years, retiring in 1988 as a Tulare County building official. Russ’s career was also his hobby as he enjoyed working with wood his entire life, on both small and large projects. Obituary | Russ Lasswell
Russ was a member of International Conference of Building Officials, Tulare County Employees Retirement Association, Three Rivers Senior League, Three Rivers Wood Turners, and Community Presbyterian Church. Obituary | Russ Lasswell
Russ loved his family unconditionally and amazed them with his talents and abilities. He could build or fix almost everything. He also liked anything with wheels on it, and made sure there were plenty of wheeled vehicles in use.
During retirement, Russ enjoyed RV travel. One memorable trip was with a group of Three Rivers RVers caravanning to Missouri with Mark and Dot Robb as “wagon masters.”
Russ was preceded in death by his son, Mitch Lasswell.
Russ is survived by his wife of 69 years, Bonnie; sons Pat Lasswell and wife Janene and Jeff Lasswell and partner Sunshine Goodmorning; daughter Kellie Ann Lasswell and partner Jean Roy; grandchildren Beth Lasswell, Barret Lasswell and wife Madison, Noelle Thompson and husband Christopher, Darci Roach and husband Nicolas, and Bonnie Scarlet Rose Lasswell; his three great-grandchildren, Lucas Pereda, Liam Pereda, and Lincoln Thompson; his sister, Patricia Smith; and many nieces and nephews.