(Extensions of Remarks - February 14, 2013)

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[Extensions of Remarks]
[Page E158]
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                       TRIBUTE TO RUSSELL WALLING


                            HON. KEN CALVERT

                             of california

                    in the house of representatives

                      Thursday, February 14, 2013

  Mr. CALVERT. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor and pay tribute to a 
dear friend of mine, Russell Walling. Russell passed away on Tuesday, 
February 5, 2013. A long time resident of Riverside, California, he was 
a pillar of the community and he will be deeply missed.
  Russell was born December 7, 1917 in Douglas, Arizona, the son of 
Luther and Francis Walling. His family relocated to Riverside in 1927, 
where he attended Lowell Elementary School, Riverside Polytechnic High 
School and Riverside Community College. Following graduation he worked 
as a draftsman for the noted architect G. Stanley Wilson, and later 
moved to Los Angeles to work for a large architectural firm. Russell 
met the love of his life, LouElla Scott, at See's Candy where she 
worked and the two were married in 1941. Russell served his country 
honorably as a Lieutenant in the Navy Seabees during World War II.
  After the war he returned to Riverside to work with his father, 
forming L.A. Walling & Son. Together they built many homes in the Wood 
Streets area, including Prince Albert Estates, the first exclusive 
custom tract homes in Riverside. In the mid-1950s Russell started 
Russell Walling, Inc. to continue residential building. His first 
commercial project was an A&W restaurant on University Avenue in 
Riverside. Over the years he built many large commercial buildings in 
Riverside, such as DeAnza Chevrolet, Caddock Electronics and Johnson 
Tractor. Russell's proudest accomplishment was the construction of an 
extensive complex of buildings for Bourns Incorporated, which won 
Building of the Year in 1962. In the early 1970s he built Los Amigos, 
the first private upscale condominiums on Victoria Avenue. In the late 
1970s he purchased the original Security Pacific Bank building on the 
corner of University & Main, now known as the Walling Building.
  It is hard to imagine that Russell would have any free time on his 
hands yet he always found time for his community. He had served as 
President of Riverside's Chamber of Commerce and Citizen of the Year; 
President of the Riverside Rotary Club; President of the Riverside 
Community Hospital Board; and President of the Monday Morning Group. A 
longtime member of the Victoria Club where he was first a caddy in his 
early years, and later an avid golfer, Russell and George Champion 
spearheaded a major three year renovation of the Victoria Club in the 
1990s. Russell loved the outdoors and spent many years with his family 
at their trailer on the beach at El Morro near Laguna. He loved and 
cherished his time with family, especially his children and 
grandchildren. Russell and LouElla traveled extensively throughout 
Europe, Asia and South America. They spent many happy years doing 
annual fishing treks to Whaler's Cove off the rugged coast of Alaska's 
Admiralty Island.
  Russell was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 69 years, 
LouElla; his brother Foster and sister, Mary. He is survived by his 
daughter Lee Walling Good of Grants Pass, Oregon; his son Terry Walling 
and daughter-in-law Cathleen of Riverside; grandchildren, Karen Lalonde 
of Greenwood, South Carolina; Tracy Cauble and Susanne McGee of Grants 
Pass, Oregon; David Good of Greenville, South Carolina; great 
grandchildren, Marrissa, Kaitlyn and Steven Franquez, Shelby and Caden 
Morrison, Madalyn and Gregory Cauble, and Jakob and Lukas McGee; and 
great great granddaughter Mya Franquez.
  On Wednesday, February 13, 2013, a memorial service honoring 
Russell's life was held at the First Christian Church in Riverside. 
Russell will always be remembered for his incredible work ethic, 
generosity, contributions to the community and love of family. His 
dedication to his family, work, and community are a testament to a life 
lived well and a legacy that will continue. I extend my condolences to 
Russell's family and friends; although Russell may be gone, the light 
and goodness he brought to the world remain and will never be