Fallen Hero: MSgt(Ret) Russell Leonard Foss, Jr.


Funeral Home

Bradford-O'Keefe Funeral Home

14252 O'Neil Road Gulfport, MS


Friday, 10:30-11 am, 19Aug22, Bradford O’Keefe


Friday, 11 am, 19Aug22, Bradford O’Keefe


Honoring a Fallen Hero, Who Served Within the Mississippi National Guard

In recognition of our proud American tradition of honorable service which our military men and women have given to their country and our State, we honor a Fallen Hero. Our nation, our state, and the National Guard Association of MS (NGAMS) regard the memorializing of its retired military deceased as an honorable and sacred obligation.

Another great Airman and Fallen Hero has been released from duty, passed from our ranks on , 2022, and moved on to his heavenly home. MSgt(Ret) Russell Leonard Foss, Jr., age, 65 retired member of the MS Air National Guard who had served within the Gulfport CRTC has departed and gone to a better place with our good Lord.

It takes a special person to serve within the military for their country, giving up their family time, comfort, and safety for their country, ultimately for all Americans to enjoy their freedoms, safety, and way of life. We now applaud you for your service to our country. A special message from General Douglas McArthur remains applicable today for our servicemen that have passed: “Old Soldiers never die; they just fade away”.

Rest in Peace Airman. We applaud your patriotism and brave efforts in serving our country and your family for their support of your service. We thank you for your service. Without your efforts and your families’ support, our country would not stand so boldly, shine so bright and live so free.

Visitation, Services and Obituary details:

Russell Leonard Foss Jr., 65, passed away in his home in Gautier, MS on August 3, 2022.

Russell was born on December 28, 1956 to Russell and Joanne Foss in Portland, ME. After graduating from high school, he went on to proudly serve 18 years in the Maine Air National Guard and the Mississippi Air National Guard.

Russell was an avid sports fan. He loved to spend his time watching NASCAR, football, and basketball. He was also a creative artist who enjoyed writing songs and poetry.

He is survived by his mother, five daughters, nine grandchildren, one great-grandchild and four siblings.

There will be a visitation at Bradford O’Keefe Funeral Home, 15452 O’Neal Road in Gulfport, MS on Friday, August 19th, 2022 at 10:30am followed by a service at 11:00am. Interment will be at Biloxi National Cemetery, Biloxi, MS.