Russell E. Dybvik

July 7, 1937 - July 4, 2017
Russell E. Dybvik


Veteran professional journalist Russell E. Dybvik died peacefully at home July 4, 2017. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Christiane. He is survived by daughter, Catherine Henry (Peter), son, Terry Dybvik (Catherine), sisters, Sandra Dybvik and Althea Greenfield, sister-in-law, Nicole Vangheluwe, two grandchildren, one niece and five nephews.

Born July 7, 1937 in Astoria, OR, Russ was inducted into Knappa High School’s “Wall of Fame” in 2008, an honor bestowed on outstanding graduates who have made significant contributions to society.

Russ received his bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1959 from Oregon State College.

His career began with United Press International in Portland, OR and San Francisco. In 1960, in Djakarta, Indonesia, he became the youngest foreign bureau chief in UPI history, and met the love of his life, Christiane.

Russ served in the U.S. Army (1962-64) and received the Army Commendation Medal for his service in Germany.

Russ worked for: Radio Free Europe in Munich and Brussels; Voice of America in Washington D.C.; and as chief diplomatic correspondent for the U.S. Information Agency. He visited 54 countries, while traveling with secretaries of state and presidents until his retirement in 1995.

Russ and Chris retired to Wilmington in 1997.  He had been passionate and active with golf, Men’s Group, Writers’ and Discussion Groups.  He served on the board of directors of Delphi and his HOA.

A celebration of Russ’ life will be held at 2 PM Friday July 7, 2017 at the Wilmington Funeral and Cremation Chapel, 1535 S. 41st Street.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Russ’ name to Kids Making It, Inc., 617 Castle Street, Wilmington, NC 28401.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation 1535 S. 41st St., Wilmington, NC 28403  910-791-9099.

 

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  • July 06, 2017
    Bobby & Peggy Clark says:
    Terry & Family, Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to hold in your heart. So Sorry for your loss.

  • July 06, 2017
    Cynthia Thomas lit a candle:
    Lit since July 6, 2017 at 7:00:04 PM

  • July 06, 2017
    Al Woodhouse says:
    Terry, my deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family at this sad time in your life. Nothing makes it easier, but know that you have many friends who share your sorrow; and be grateful for the time you had with him, and cherish all the great memories. Sincerely!

  • July 06, 2017
    Al Woodhouse says:
    Terry, my deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family at this sad time in your life. Nothing makes it easier, but know that you have many friends who share your sorrow. Be grateful for the time you had with him, and cherish all the great memories. Sincerely!

  • July 06, 2017
    John and Rea Christoffersson says:
    Russ' large and extended family on the West Coast will miss his visits, which were always great occasions for a festive smorgasbord or risttafel. Russ set a wonderful example for his cousins--we, too, could work hard, get a college education, have a career we loved, and travel abroad. Thanks for the great guidance, Russ. We're all going to miss you-- a lot!