Charles R. Gammon Jr. (Russ) passed peacefully with family by his side Oct. 28 to join his daughter Rusti Lee, who passed on Sept. 30 of this year.
Russ was born in 1938 in Rhode Island and moved with family to Long Beach, Calif., shortly after the war, eventually settling in Newport Beach, Calif.
After a stint in the U.S. Coast Guard, he began working as a carpenter, surfing and building boats. Russ met Cheryl Boisseranc, and they together built a ketch sailboat named the Recluse. Along with their young daughter Rusti, they headed off for Hawaii, only to decide sailing was not for them.
In 1971, Russ moved to Sun Valley, Idaho, and started Ketchum Mill Work in 1972. He eventually went into business with his brother Chris, which is now IGL Inc.
For many years, Baja, Mexico, was Russ’ second home.
Russ is survived by son-in-law Robert Silacci (Soxie); grandchildren Chad and Sara; daughter Susan Pelbath; grandchildren Julie, Alex, Luke and Tim; brother Chris (Pam); nieces Kaitlin and Keara; former spouses Cheryl Kramer (Stephen) and Judy McLean.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Connie and daughter Rusti Lee.