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Russell Chase - Class Of 1939

Russell Conwell Chase, 87, of Rolling Hills passed away on June 15, 2009 at Vista Hospital of South Bay.  He was born July 29, 1921, in Port Huron, Michigan, to Arthur Morgan and Grace Lupient Chase.

During World War II, Russ served in the Navy and was in pilot training until his honorable discharge.  He was a member of several national award winning debate teams on both the high school level (Kenosha High School) and college level (Ripon College and University of Michigan Law School).  

Russ worked for Travelers Insurance Company in Michigan and transferred with that company to California in the mid 1950's. He was the founder and president of Marina Savings and Loan. He had several branches in the south Los Angeles area. Upon sale of his banks to Home Federal Savings and Loan Association of San Diego he became Vice Chairman of the board. 

Russ was a very devoted husband to his wife, Mary, and loved to take her to Hawaii for rest and relaxation. His hobbies included flying and boating.  He maintained an outstanding level of integrity, devotion and sincerity throughout his lifetime.  His Friends say he was the last of a special breed.

Russ is survived by his wife Mary (Dingilian) Chase; a brother John (Carole) Chase of Huntsville, AL; three sisters:  Jule (Rodolfo) Gutierrez of San Diego, Pauline Christensen of Janesville, WI and Jo Pearl (Berger) Rasmussen of Kenosha; and eight nephews and nieces.

Funeral Services were held on June 29, 2009 in the Chapel at Rice Mortuary, with Rev. Rick Uhls officiating, followed by interment in Green Hills Memorial Park, Rancho Palos Verdes, on June 30.