November 6, 1941 ~ January 30, 2018

Born in: Durango, CO,
Resided in: Pueblo, CO

Russell E. DeSalvo, 76, passed away on Jan. 30, 2018. Preceded in death by his parents, Barbara DeSalvo and Russell S. DeSalvo; sister, Lucinda Prince; and half brother, Carl DeSalvo. Survived by his brother, James DeSalvo; nephew, Robert Prince; and numerous cousins and second cousins. Russell was born on Nov. 6, 1941, in Durango, Colo. He was a private practice attorney in Pueblo since 1973. He graduated from C.U. Law school in 1968. He graduated with a masters in history from Graceland College in 1963. He traveled the world, and loved going to Las Vegas. He cared deeply about conservation of the environment, and loved camping. He was a lifelong member of the Democratic party, and a charter member of La Famiglia Italiana. Memorial service, 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6, in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel. Online condolences,

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  1. The world to those who knew Russ E., “Bear,” will never be the same. We will miss his sense of humor, tremendous reservoir of information, keen mind, quick wit, his love of family and friends, his appreciation of nature, enjoyment of history, his travel stories, his strength, his enhusiasm, his integrity, his leadership, his deep, deep voice, his tender heart and kindness. Condolences to all who knew him. May his next journey exceed all that he has known thus far. He is already missed.

  2. Sincere condolences to the entire DeSalvo family. It was because of Russell,s wisdom and consoling me that i remained working as a Pueblo County Deputy Sheriff back in 1973. I had received a severe eye injury while working as a deputy,and contemplated getting out of the profession all together. One evening while enjoying a sociable drink together,i told Russ about my intentions of quitting. He pulled his chair closer to me and told me: “Look EL if anything we need more Sheriff’s that think like you,you are known among the Lawyers as a sheriff that enjoys doing for people not to them,also you do not lie while testifying in court,that’s rare anymore. Look into your heart,and ask yourself if you like what your doing,then decide if you really want to quit or not” I did that and stuck with it for 16 years+. I will always remember Russell as a gentle giant with a thunderous laugh,and iron grip handshake,but most of all for his gigantic kind heart and expert legal advise he provided to me,and all as a friend. No legal fee’s! I will remember Russell DeSalvo in my nightly prayers for as long as i have breath. May he Rest in Peace. Elberto (EL) Lopez

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