- About Us
Russell Joseph Dedeaux Jr. was born on October 27, 1947 in Pass Christian, Mississippi, to the union of Russell Joseph Dedeaux Sr. and Majorie M. (Baker) Dedeaux. At a young age, his father passed. His mother later re-married Lincoln “Red’ Rencher, who raised him as his own.
After moving to Fort Wayne, Indiana, Russ, as many called him, completed his high school education in 1967 at Central High School. Russ gained employment at Dana Corporation, where he retired after 20 plus years of service. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church.
As an outgoing person, he was known by names, “Big Russ”, “Dedeaux Gangster” and “Little Russell”. But many will remember him from back in the day, as the smooth talker, fly dresser who loved his cars. In his later years, he enjoyed, traveling, boating, fishing and spending time with his family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Russell J. Dedeaux Sr., Majorie Dedeaux-Rencher and Lincoln “Red” Rencher and two siblings, Mose Rencher and Cynthia Oliver.
Russ leaves to cherish his memory, a loving and devoted life companion, Hazel Murdock-Lawson; his sons, Dodd Fitts, Anthony Frantz, Russell J. (Kenndra) Dedeaux III, Rodney (Amanda) Dedeaux, Damarlo Belcher, Rodrick Dedeaux; stepsons, Darrick White and Louis Lawson; siblings, Rudy and Renee Dedeaux, Ernest Rencher, John M. (Marilyn) Rencher, Billie L. (Nathan) Alexander, Roger (Evelyn) Brooks, Carla Brooks, Theodore and Anthony Oliver along with a host of grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends.