After a courageous fight against cancer, Russell Thoms, 58, passed away surrounded by his family on Sunday morning, April 2, 2017. He was born on November 10, 1958 in Eugene, Oregon, as the son of Emil (Bud) and Delores Thoms, growing up in the Cottage Grove area.
Russ graduated from Cottage Grove High School and also attended Blue Mountain Community College on a golf scholarship. Russ first worked in the lumber industry along with his father and brother. After a number of years, he decided to make a career change that eventually proved to be his passion. Working as a construction contractor was the right move, as he loved his work from the foundation to the roof and everything in between, starting his own business, Investor’s Choice Construction. He later decided that finish carpentry was his true passion and sunk his heart into it. The quality of his craftsmanship, work ethic and leadership skills were recognized by all who knew him.
Although his real pride and joy came from being a father and husband of 37 years to Carrie Strebe, Russ also loved the game of golf. He was an accomplished golfer, earning Club Champion at Emerald Valley Golf Club and won many two-man tournaments with his brother, known as the Thoms Boys. Being competitive in nature, Russ always enjoyed playing poker, pinochle,Yahtzee and croquet with family and sharing good food and fine wine with both family and friends.
We will always remember Russ as being quick witted, funny, talented and creative. He was a loving member of our family, always willing to help and share his knowledge with others. He was an avid Duck fan and hosted many “Duck Parties” to watch his favorite team. He will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his wife Carrie, their sons Vincent, Kyle (wife Hannah), and Cameron, two grandchildren, his mother Delores Thoms, brother Randy Thoms (wife Lisa) and sisters Ronda Cranmer (husband Fred) and Rochelle Miller. He is preceded in death by his father Bud Thoms.
A summer memorial will be planned for family and friends. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in his name to Cascade Health Solutions, Hospice Care.