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Feb. 1, 1925 – May 13, 2014

Fred Russo, of Tonawanda, died Tuesday in Buffalo Hospice Wells at Beechwood Continuing Care from kidney failure and Alzheimer’s disease. He was 89.

He was a decorated World War II veteran, serving with Army Operations, 920 1st Transportation Service Command Unit, in the American and European theaters from 1944 to 1946.

Mr. Russo fought alongside Gen. George S. Patton while he was on guard duty. He was recipient of the European-African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, American Campaign Medal and Victory Medal.

He was a proud guest for Honor Flight Buffalo in September 2011. The mission of Honor Flight Buffalo is to fly America’s veterans at no charge to Washington, D.C., to visit those memorials dedicated to honor their sacrifices. Top priority is given to America’s most senior veterans, survivors of World War II.

He received a certificate of appreciation from the City of Buffalo Common Council for his sacrifice to preserve America’s freedom during World War II. He also in 2013 received a certificate of recognition for his dedication during the war from the Town of Tonawanda. He was a member of the American Legion Post.

Mr. Russo was a painter for Bethlehem Steel from January 1949 to July 1963. He also was a member of Ironworker’s Local 6 in West Seneca from January 1964 to August 1987. After his retirement from Local 6, he utilized his sales skills at Super Flea & Farmers Market on Walden Avenue in Cheektowaga.

His wife of 67 years, the former Mary Mazza, died earlier this year.

Survivors include his son, Fred Jr., and a daughter, Kathy; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A tribute luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. Monday at Sean Patrick’s Restaurant, 3480 Millersport Highway, Getzville.