N8ATZ / SK
We are saddened to share the news to our members of the passing of one of our friends. Terry E. Russ – N8ATZ became a Silent Key on November 8, 2023.
Terry was a lifelong resident of the Massillon area and was a Life Member of MARC as well as a Life Member of the ARRL for over 50 years. Most don’t remember not seeing Terry at any given gathering or event in over half a century. He was always proud to be an originally licensed “Advanced-Class” licensee. Terry’s calm & intelligent tone on the air would always render respect – His familiar “N-8-A-T--Zed” was a one-of-a-kind mantra that commanded attention and exuded calmness & professionalism, will be greatly missed.
Terry was the EC & Assistant EC (Emergency Coordinator) for Stark County for many years, helping to oversee SkyWarn and A.R.E.S. functions, being the amateur radio liaison to local, state & national emergency management officials. He held multiple positions and served many terms as an officer in the MARC organization. He taught countless license classes and was the club hamfest chairman until only recently. Terry was also the chairman for the Hall of Fame Community Parade. Along with one of his closest lifelong friends, Dave Beltz (WD8AYE), Terry helped to maintain and provide multiple high-profile repeaters that have been used by countless hams in the Stark County area and beyond for many decades.
Professionally, Terry worked and served as a field inspector for 40 years at UL (Underwriters Laboratories). He traveled extensively nationally and internationally for his clients, while providing insight, corrective measures, and follow-up, as only Terry could do.
Personally, Terry’s inner circle was always unique. He was extremely loyal to his closest friends and a bit guarded toward others until he got to know you. He considered his colleagues in amateur radio his extended family. Not ever known for being flashy or showy, he was active in every way in amateur radio and in the community. One of Terry’s favorite things to do, and little known to most, was visiting Disney World with his wife Lynnette. It was probably one of the few instances he could “be a kid” and enjoy life. They had looked forward to his retirement and for many trips to come. Terry’s health had other plans for their life, but he continued to be a part of everything he could up until only recently.
We remember Terry for his friendship and the many, many contributions to our lives in countless ways. We send and share our deepest condolences to his wife Lynnette as well as Terry’s family and friends.
Information: Paquelet Funeral Home (1100 Wales Rd. NE, Massillon, OH 44646)
Calling Hours: Tues., Nov. 14th (5:00 pm – 7:00 pm)
Service: Wed., Nov. 15th (10:00 a.m.)