Russell Charles Shortridge passed away quietly in Walnut Creek, Calif. on June 7, 2015, a few weeks shy of his 94th birthday.
Posted on 8/14/15
Russell was born to Wesley and Nancy Bloomquist Shortridge on August 21, 1921 in Grey Township near Hannah. He attended elementary and high school at Grey Consolidated School. After graduation, he attended North Dakota Agriculture College (now NDSU) in Fargo. His college education was interrupted in his senior year with the advent of WWII. As an active member of ROTC, he went directly into the U.S. Army Officers candidate school and was deployed to the European Theater. In 1944, he married his longtime love Isabelle Ryan (Hannah) at Camp Claiborne, La. prior to deployment. He served for 27 months of combat duty and received the bronze star for heroic achievements during the Moselle River Campaign and the purple heart for injuries received. He returned to North Dakota with the rank of Captain and enrolled for his remaining semester at NDSU and earned a degree in agriculture. In 1946, he accepted a position teaching agriculture at the Smith-Hughes Agricultural School in Park River, holding that position until he started grain and dairy farming in Nekoma in 1952. In early 1957, he and Isabelle and their children Sharon and Jim moved to Fresno, Calif. where he became the Holstein field man for California, Arizona and Nevada. In 1967 they moved to Los Angeles and he accepted a position as the Director of Education for the Dairy Council of California. There, he developed educational materials that were used by millions of schoolchildren throughout California. He also published a number of books on educational theory. Upon his retirement in 1986, they returned to Fresno.
Russell is survived by his daughter Sharon Detjens (Martinez, Calif.), son James and daughter-in-law Pat Shortridge (Los Osos, Calif.) and five grandchildren and one great grandson. His sisters Alice Olson (Park River), Donna Kingzett (Munich), Joanne Haug (Minneapolis, Minn.) and brothers Calvin Shortridge and wife Cyrilla (Grand Forks) and Jack Shortridge and wife Daunine (Denver, Colo.). He is also survived by many, many nieces and nephews.
He was proceeded in death by his parents, his sister Alayne Shortridge and his wife Isabelle with whom he was married for 64 years.
Russell was laid to rest with military honors beside Isabelle at the San Joaquin National Cemetery in Gustine, Calif. He is greatly missed by his many friends and large extended family.