Russell Conwell Chase July 29, 1921 - June 15, 2009 Russell Conwell Chase, 87, of Rolling Hills passed away on Monday, June 15, at Vista Hospital of South Bay. He was born July 29, 1921, in Port Huron, Michigan, to Arthur Morgan and Grace Lupient Chase. Russ is survived by his wife Mary Dingilian Chase, brother John and wife Carole Chase of Huntsville, Alabama, sisters Jule and husband Rodolfo Gutierrez of San Diego, Pauline Christensen of Janesville, Wisconsin, Jo Pearl and husband Berger Rasmussen of Kenosha, Wisconsin, and eight nephews and nieces. During World War II, Russ served in the Navy and was in pilot training until his honorable discharge. In both high school and college, Ripon in Wisconsin and University of Michigan Law School, he was a member of several national award winning debate teams. He worked for Travelers Insurance Company in Michigan and transferred with that company to California in the mid 1950's. He was the founder and president of Marina Savings and Loan. He had several branches in the south Los Angeles area. Upon sale of his banks to Home Federal Savings and Loan Association of San Diego he became Vice Chairman of the board. Mr. Chase was a very devoted husband to his wife Mary and loved to take her to Hawaii for rest and relaxation. His hobbies included flying and boating. He maintained an outstanding level of integrity, devotion, and sincerity throughout his lifetime. His friends say he was the last of a special breed. Russ's family would like to express their sincere appreciation to the many doctors, nurses, and medical staff who so kindly cared for him at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Torrance. Memorial donations may be made in his name to Little Company of Mary Hospital in Torrance, Palliative Care Center. Visitation will be from 9 to 10AM on Monday, June 29, at Rice Mortuary, 5310 Torrance Boulevard, Torrance. A funeral service will follow at 10AM in the Chapel with Reverend Rick Uhls officiating. Burial will be in Green Hills Memorial Park, Rancho Palos Verdes, on Tuesday, June 30, at 2:30PM. Please use this website to send the family messages, share memories, or to obtain directions to the services. Check back to view the online video tribute.

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  1. Our sincere sympathy to the family of the Chases. My parents, Luther and Anne Eskijian (now both passed away) – knew the Chases, thru their next door neighbor, Omar Antronikian. The Chases were very faithful in providing donations to the Ararat-Eskijian Museum, in Mission Hills, CA. We always appreciated their donations, and I presented Mr. Chase with a model of the “Mother Armenia” sculpture, just outside of the museum – a few years ago. Would appreciate any contact with the Chase’s children. Martin & Effie Eskijian 40 Encanto Drive Rolling hills Estates, CA 90274 310. 326.0905

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