Russell "Slim" M. DeLombard, 91, of Huron, went home to Jesus, his Lord and Savior, Friday, March 21, 2014, in the Hillcrest Memorial Hospital, Simpsonville, S.C.
He was born Aug. 11, 1922, in Roseburg, Sanilac County, Mich., the son of Andre Joseph and Lelia Irene (Hinkley) DeLombarde. He graduated from Port Huron High School in 1941.
He married Margaret Royan on Dec. 18, 1942, and they celebrated 70 years of marriage with a family celebration in 2012. Russell was a member of The Chapel and previously of First Baptist Church, both in Sandusky.
Russell first and foremost loved Jesus, his wife, and his family. Russell served in the Army during World War II installing radio and telecommunications equipment in new Army posts in the U.S. He later served as an M.P. guarding ships in the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. He attended Clemson College during his Army service and later graduated in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan.
After working at Commonwealth Power and Spartan Radio & Television in Jackson, Mich., Russell transferred to NASA Plum Brook Station in 1961. He retired from NASA Lewis (Glenn) in 1984. For decades Russell taught hundreds of students to fly, and he flew passengers and freight to many destinations in the eastern U.S. for Griffing Flying Service. Along with his love of flying, Russell enjoyed motorcycles, bicycling, computers, and knitting. Russell enjoyed volunteering on Habitat for Humanity projects. Russell gave back to the community by teaching advanced math and engineering topics at Sandusky High School adult education.
Russell is survived by his children, Russel (Tina Gilbert) DeLombard of Bainbridge Island, Wash., Marilee DeLombard (Robert Wills) of Shawville, Quebec, Tom deLombarde of Shelby, Ohio, Richard (Amy) DeLombard of Huron, Valerie (Nicasio) Martinez of Tlacolula, Oaxaca, Mexico, Mary (Don) Smith of Houston, Texas, and Lisa (Jim) Kirtz of Simpsonville, S.C.; 12 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Russell was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret; by his parents; and two brothers, Joseph and Andre.
A memorial service will be conducted later this spring at Foster Funeral Home & Crematory, 410 Main St., Huron. Details will be announced later. Burial will be in Scott Cemetery, Huron.
Memorial contributions may be made to Stein Hospice.
Condolences may be shared at fosterfh.com.