Russell Stanley Mollath

January 5, 1948 - December 19, 2023
Russell Stanley Mollath

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Russell Stanley Mollath, a beloved husband, father, and grandfather, passed away on the morning of December 19, 2023, at his home in Wilmington, North Carolina. He was born on January 5, 1948, in Oakland, California. Russell was 75 years old at the time of his passing.

Russell led a remarkable life, filled with love for his family, passion for all sports especially NASCAR and baseball, and a dedication to coaching and umpiring for little league and softball. He cherished the moments spent with his family, cheering for his favorite teams, and being the commissioner of many fantasy sports leagues.

Russell proudly served in the Navy on the USS Will Rogers (SSBN-659) submarine. His dedication and selfless commitment to upholding the values of honor, courage, and duty were an inspiration to all who were fortunate enough to serve alongside him. Later, he received a degree in Accounting from Bloomsburg University in Bloomsburg, PA.

Russell was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas “Hardy” Mollath and Marlyce (Hansen) Paragary, as well as his brother, Brad. He leaves behind a loving family, including his devoted wife, Rachael (Young) Mollath; his children, Kyle (and wife Jamie) Sharpe, Kimberly (and husband Kurt) Furlong, Kellie (and husband Jason) Kane, Kori (and husband Paul) Gagne, and Kristen (and husband Patrick) Martin; and 11 cherished grandchildren – Brady, Dylan, Darien, Kelsten, Noah, Riley, Camryn, Pyper, Tre, Cora and Clyde.

The Mollath family has planned a small private gathering to celebrate Russell’s life, which will take place later in the Spring in Pennsylvania. During this time, they will reflect upon the precious memories and honor the incredible person Russell was to all who knew him.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you make a donation to Liberty Home Care & Hospice Service listed at the link above at “Memorial Gifts and Donations”.

Russell Stanley Mollath will forever be remembered for his unwavering love for his family, his enthusiasm for sports, and his deep love of his country. May his soul rest in eternal peace.

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  • January 28, 2024
    Bill Davies says:
    Best friend in high school, San Ramon HS. Russ was a wonderful individual, a true friend and we shared some great moments, along with his Dad, on the baseball field. I moved to Bay Village, Ohio the summer of 1965, and except for one EVENTFUL week when he visited during his senior year, I lost touch with him. I missed him dearly, but discovered he had a great life. My father, having served in the Navy during WWII, wrote a letter of recommendation for Russ before his entrance into the submarine service. Rest in peace my friend.

  • December 23, 2023
    Jim Sandman says:
    Dear Rachael, family and friends of Russell, On behalf of the United States Submarine Veterans, we offer our sincere condolences at Russell´s passing. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. We are always saddened whenever a fellow "Bubblehead" departs on Eternal Patrol. He served with honor on the USS Will Rogers SSBN-659. To our "Brother-of-the-Phin" we say, "Sailor, rest your oar. We have the watch. Fair Winds and Following Seas." Thank you for your service to our country. Rachael and family... "may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you." 2 Thessalonians 3:16 (ESV). Jim Sandman, FTC(SS) Ret, National Chaplain, USSVI. www.jimsandman.com

  • December 23, 2023
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  • December 22, 2023
    Ken Sharpe says:
    Back in the day Russ and I were shipmates on the Will Rogers. He was a good friend, a great shipmate and did a great job while on board. We spent many hours discussing baseball and were teammates on the ship's softball team. RIP shipmate.