Russell W. Twedt
1935 - 2017
Our loving dad, Russ Twedt passed away peacefully in his sleep on October 30, 2017 after a struggle with cancer, he was 82 years old.
Russ was born on October 1, 1935 in Spink, South Dakota. He was a 1958 graduate of Augustana College in South Dakota and graduated with a degree in biology. Russ served as an officer in the United States Navy and spent his professional career as a pharmaceutical representative for Lederle Laboratories.
Russ was an active and passionate member of Christ Lutheran Church for over fifty years. Russ enjoyed traveling the world through home exchanges and was able to visit Australia, Scotland, Norway, Germany, England, to list just a few. In addition, Russ was an avid golfer and played weekly with close friends at “Hidden Oaks” golf course.
Russ has lived in Goleta, California since 1966 and spent much of his time running and hiking the Lake Los Carneros Preserve, which he remarked was his, “favorite place on all the earth”. In remembrance of our father we dedicate this poem:
I go to the lake
and listen to the lake.
I sit on a bench
and stare at the sky.
I watch my self disappear
into the world around me.
Russ inspired and enlightened all of those who met him through his gentle, loving and accepting spirit.
Russ is survived by his wife Arleen, daughter Sarah (Paul), and his son Paul (Grace) and of course his beloved pet cat and friend, Barney.
We would like to thank all the doctors, nurses and friends of Russ who made his last days loving and spiritually rewarding.