Howard Eastman

Howard Russell "Russ" Eastman

1930 - 2021

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H. Russell Eastman, 90, of 5451 Main St., Durhamville, passed away on Tuesday morning, March 16, 2021, at Oneida Health ECF where he had been a patient since March 4, 2021. He was born on August 22, 1930, in Waterville, the son of Ralph and Irene Morgan Eastman. He was a graduate of Waterville High School, Class of 1948. On October 22, 1950, he was united in marriage to Margaret Staley in the Town of Glen. Russ retired in 1988 from Niagara Mohawk where, over his 25-year career, he progressed from a tree-climber to a hot stick lineman, finishing as an electrical planner. Prior to Niagara Mohawk, he was the owner and operator of Oneida Tree Service, a successful tree surgery business he established. In addition to his career, he had many extra-curricular activities and hobbies. Restoring an antique 1939 Buick sedan, teaching himself guitar and accordion, and learning to make stained-glass. It was a skill that Russ developed into a business (In The Pines Stained Glass Studio) teaching others the craft and making custom stained glass lamps and windows, kaleidoscopes, fusion glass jewelry, and custom etching of glass windows and doors. Having mastered glass he switched to woodworking, making furniture for family and friends, and hand-made toys for the Marine Corp Toys-for-Tots program. In his later years, he published two autobiographies: From Good Luck Farm and 7/11 Finding the Right Path with God. Russ was dedicated to service and community. A member of Future Farmers of America, a lifetime member of the Durhamville Volunteer Fire Department, a Sunday school teacher, gave living-history talks to Durhamville Elementary students, and volunteered with Special Olympics and the Red Cross. He was an exceptional role model to his 4 children, supporting each of them as they all became first generation college graduates. Russ leaves behind a stellar example of a well-lived life, the ideal of serving community and family, and making the most of every opportunity and breath God gives us. Having come of age in a Depression-era farm family, he strove to impart the values of a strong work-ethic, accountability, personal resilience, innovation, and shared community-effort to his children, grandchildren, and local youth. Surviving besides his loving wife of seventy years, Margaret; are his children, Jeffrey (Deb Cardin) Eastman, of Athens, TN, Jonathan (Connie) Eastman, of Vernon, Dr. Janice Bach, of Oneida, and Jeremy (Ramona Persaud) Eastman, of Fayetteville; a sister-in-law, Edith Eastman, of Deansboro; sixteen grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Russ was predeceased by a granddaughter, Margaret Bach; his four brothers, Arnie (Nancy), Bert, Paul (Leona), and Bob; his four sisters, Doris, Noreen, Hazel, and an infant sister. Memorial services will be held by his family at a future date. There are no calling hours at this time. A memorial contribution may be made, in his name, to the Durhamville Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 253, Durhamville, NY 13054 or Remote Area Medical (RAM), 2200 Stock Creek Blvd, Rockford, TN 37853. Russ's family would like to express their gratitude to the many individuals at Oneida Health and the Extended Care Facility who provided such compassionate care for him over the last year. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Ironside Funeral Home, Inc., 342 Main St., Oneida. You may view obituary and send a message of condolence online at www.ironsidefuneralhome.com.
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