Russell Melvin Tulppo, 74, passed away peacefully on July 1, 2015. Mr. Russ was a devoted, loving and well respected man. He was a wonderful husband, father, brother, grandfather, great-grandfather and true friend to all who knew him. He was an inspiration and his wit and full love of life will be greatly missed by all.
He was born on January 4, 1941 in Highland Park, Michigan. He honorbly served his country in the U.S. Navy for over eight years. He was preceded in death by his parents John Arthur and Anna Katherine Tulppo, his son Paul Arthur Tulppo, his wife and mother of his children, Shirley Tulppo, and his wife and best friend Donna Tulppo.
Survivors include his beloved, adored “Beautiful and Gorgeous” (as he called her every morning) wife Aileene Holliday Tulppo. His brothers Paul, Gordon and Marvin Tulppo, sister Elaine Leonardi. His children Sherri Dolley (husband Duane Dolley) of Alabama, Cubby Tulppo (wife Renee Tulppo) of Smithfield, NC, Carl Tulppo (fiancé Rhona Dulay) of New Jersey, Kurt Tulppo of Michigan, Lonnie Tulppo (wife Angie Tulppo) of Michigan, Sabrina Harrison, (husband Ward Harrison) of Wilmington, NC, Opal Morgan (husband Greg Morgan) of West Virginia, Guy Holliday, III (wife Jill Holliday) of West Virginia and Teresa Holliday of Smithfield, NC. In addition, sisters-in-law Alma Blanchard (husband & Russ's best friend, Danny Blanchard) Adina Durham (her late husband Terry) as well as 37 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren.
Mr. Russ was also a member of the Kiwanis Club in the Smithfield Club. As well as a member of the American Legion and the Eagles in Lake City, Michigan. He was also the owner of Fence Masters, Fencing in Smithfield, NC. Mr. Russ was a wonderful family man and was known to many as Mr. Dad and Paper Russ. The many, many lives he inspired throughout his life are too numerous to mention.
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A memorial service will be scheduled to celebrate his wonderful life in approximately 6 weeks. Notification will be submitted online under Aileene Holliday on Facebook as well as being posted in this newspaper.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Johnston Cardiac Rehabilitation, PO Box 1376, Smithfield, NC, 27577.