Andy Allen Russ

Jan 10, 1957 - Sep 2, 2020

East Lawn Memorial Park
4300 Folsom Boulevard
Sacramento, CA, 95819


Andy Allen Russ
January 10, 1957 – September 2, 2020
With profound sadness, we announce the passing of Andy Allen Russ on Wednesday, September 2, 2020.
Andy passed unexpectedly while peacefully sleeping at the home of his father-in-law in Rancho Cordova, CA at the age of 63.
Andy will be forever missed by his cherished wife, Sandra Thielbahr Russ; his two adoring daughters, Kelly Russ Ripley and her husband Marc Ripley of Morgan Hill, CA and Kristen Russ of Los Angeles, CA; beloved mother, Darlene Friday and her husband Gordon Friday of Carmichael, CA; his sister, Jean Hader and her husband Ed of Orangevale, CA; father-in-law, Glenn Rickard of Rancho Cordova, CA and sister-in-law Jenny Thielbahr of Seattle, WA. Andy also leaves behind his nephew, Stephen Hader and nieces Heather Russ Gould and Melissa Russ. Lastly, he will be greatly missed by a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and colleagues.
He was preceded in death by his father, Jerry Russ, his brother, Kevin Russ and his mother-in-law, Jane Rickard.
Andy was born in Sacramento, CA on January 10, 1957. His formative years were spent in Chico and Rancho Cordova, CA. Most of Andy’s adult life was spent in Morgan Hill, CA. He married his high school sweetheart Sandy, and they spent 43 happy years together.
Andy was a graduate of Cordova High School and earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Computer Science from California State University, Sacramento. Andy was a proud Eagle Scout & spent many happy summers during junior high and high school as a Boy Scout counselor at Camp Lassen near Chico, CA. He appreciated the beauty and awe of the outdoors and also volunteered with Santa Clara County Parks as a volunteer ranger to pass along his love of local history and the outdoors. Andy was “the gadget guy” and enjoyed hours exploring new technology gadgets, large and small. He was everybody’s technology support person. But mostly, he loved his family time. Andy was a devoted husband, father, son, brother and friend. Andy dearly loved his family and was very proud of his two beautiful daughters. He was famous for his many family barbecue’s, where he used his expert skills at his computerized backyard barbecue grill to the delight of all. Andy combined his practicality and love of technology to everything he did.
Andy worked for many companies during his career, including Kubel Enterprises, Westinghouse Security Electronics, Motorola, MainStreet Networks, Savi Technology, Steelwedge Software and Cisco. Andy immensely enjoyed his career which spanned 41 years and involved program management, hardware and software development, operations, information security and professional services. From his early career in developing traffic light systems, his pioneering work in RFID in the supply chain, development of sophisticated Access Control systems to his work in security making sure people and systems were safe, he brought his deep experience and love of development to every aspect of his projects. Most of all, it was his team building that was the foundation of everything that he did. Andy was known to be very practical and focused, and a wonderful collaborator with colleagues and friends while achieving great outcomes.
Donations in Andy’s memory may be made to the Parkinson Association of Northern California, 1024 Iron Point Road, Suite 1046, Folsom, CA 95630, in honor of his father-in-law, Glenn Rickard.
The family will hold a memorial service at a later date.


  • Lawrence Clewis says:

    My condolences to your family!

    Andy was a great person to work with and was always there to help when it was needed.

    Peace to the Russ Family

  • Raju says:

    My condolences to your family.

  • Lori Price says:

    Andy took me under his wing when I joined Cisco. My nickname for him was Obi-Wan Kenobi because he was all knowing and always willing to teach those interested in learning. Andy’s favorite subject was his family 🙂. Although I have never met them, I know them well. Especially the tender moments that meant the most to Andy. I was truly blessed to have met Andy and will always aspire to help others with the same patience and humility that Andy showed when mentoring me. Rest In Peace Obi-Wan ❤️.

  • Cheryl Chin says:

    I had the privilege of knowing Andy the last few years at Cisco. I appreciate the stories he shared about his growing up years and his faith. A wonderful human being who blessed us and will be missed.

  • Ransom Johnson says:

    I worked closely with Andy for several years at Cisco, and sat next him in our office this past couple of years. He was such an amazing yet soft spoken gentleman. I certainly saw his love for technology, and he was always willing to stop and help others by sharing this knowledge and expertise. I am glad for the opportunity to know and work with him. I send my heartfelt condolences to his family. His time on this earth was cut short, but he did so much and touched so many in that short time. All that knew you miss you terribly Andy.

  • Angel Mazzucco says:

    Andy was one of the sweetest souls I’ve had the opportunity to partner with during his time at Cisco. Not only was he kind and thoughtful, he was also methodical and had a “team first” mentality that I always admired about him. I will miss the nuggets of wisdom he used to share with me. If there is anything I can do to help support the family during this heartbreaking time, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

  • Marland Taylor says:

    So sorry to hear the sad news, my thoughts and prayers to all his family and friends.

  • CK says:

    Andy – We truly will you. The Savi days were one of the best times together when I first got to know you. May your soul rest in peace.

  • Julia Zhu says:

    Andy, we will miss you so much. Jeri, you and I are supposed to meet in November.
    So sorry for the loss to andy’s family. My prayers are with you.

  • Jim Quaderer says:

    I knew Andy at Motorola Indala. He was a great guy — always a pleasure to talk to and work with.

  • Sunil Unnikrishnan says:

    Sorry to hear the sad news. Andy was my manager at Mainstreet Networks. I
    He guided me with his immense knowledge in technology and leadership skills. I will miss him. May his soul rest in peace.

  • Gisa Romahn says:

    I can’t find words that seem meaningful enough to express how saddened I am over the passing of Andy. Over the past 5 months, I had the privilege to work with Andy closely and I do miss him dearly. He was such a wise man who never seemed to mind sharing his knowledge with anyone who asked for advice or support. My deepest condolences to you and your family.

  • Adrian Kok says:

    I remember him asking me about my hiking poles sitting in my cubicle when I first moved to Silicon Valley, and he introduced me to Henry Coe park about 15 years ago. He brought a gentle nature to work and I will miss his friendship.

  • Greg Ricker says:

    Andy, Jeri and carpooled to Westinghouse for years. I will always remember his infectious laugh that made the commute bearable. His technical skills were among the best. He could solve a problem before you were finished describing it. Earth had an angel for 63 years. It’s heavens turn now. Take care of him.

  • Don Clarke says:

    I am deeply saddened to hear the news about Andy. Having worked with Andy at Main Street Networks and Savi, I know Andy to be one of the nicest, smartest and supportive people I have had the pleasure of working with and knowing. My condolences to his family and friends.

  • Ken Stavinoha says:

    My most sincere condolences to the family. Andy was a great collaborator and I enjoyed my time working with him at Cisco.

  • Evan Richardson says:

    Wow even though it’s been some 10 or so years since I was at Savi, I distinctly remember Andy. He will be missed, and my condolences to his family. RIP.

  • Bill and Lisa Ochs says:

    Andy was a remarkable man, mentor, colleague, and friend. I am truly saddened to hear of his passing and will miss his warm smile and can-do attitude. My condolences to all of his family and friends. Rest in peace.

  • Forrest Foster says:

    Andy and I worked very closely together over the last two years. He was a great mentor and collaborative colleague who will be sorely missed. Thoughts and prayers to all. R.I.P. Andy.

  • Don Brown says:

    Andy’s optimism will certainly be missed. After working together for several years his bright smile was always a welcome sight.

  • Kieron Quigley says:

    I recently started working with Andy, and while I had limited professional interactions with Andy, they were excellent. He immediately struck me as kind, thoughtful and a person I would enjoy working with. Rest In Peace Andy.

  • alvin l. howard says:

    My condolences to the family. I worked with Andy a for couple of at Cisco in compliance security. I was new to the field, and am eternally grateful to Andy for his mentoring and support. May he rest in peace.

  • Patrick Shepherd says:

    I was so saddened to hear today that Andy passed away recently. My deepest condolences go out to his family and close friends. RIP Andy, you were one of the good ones.

  • Connie Mathison says:

    From the first I met and hired Andy at Cisco, he was my friend. Always there to help; always interested in solving even the smallest problems. We both loved technology and would have the most interesting and techy conversations. I would find some cool techy gidget and think of him first to share it with. I will never forget the camping trip we went on together. He was so patient with my autistic son and got us each a paracord survival bracelet. He was so proud of his new meat smoker which he had hacked some portable battery to power a thermometer while we were dry camping to monitor the temperature of the smoker with his phone. I loved that man. I will miss him. Rest in Peace Andy, you are missed.

  • Barry Briggs says:

    My condolences to Russ’s family and friends. I had the privilege of working with Russ at MainStreet Networks. He alway had a smile on his face and something intelligent to contribute. May he rest in peace.

  • Misti Mazzia says:

    I worked with Andy at Cisco. I was always impressed with his professionalism, tech savvy and kind manner. I loved collaborating with him because he got things done, had excellent insight and was so inclusive with his teammates. He was a special person and such an important part of our team. Andy you will truly be missed.

  • Uday Santosh Kumar says:

    My sincere condolences to the family.
    Andy was my manager at Steelwedge and it’s a privilege. I can never forget the guidance I received during and after.

    Rest in peace Andy.

  • Charles Mayo says:

    My friend Andy whom I jokingly nicknamed “Gentle giant” at Cisco. Once you meet him, you will see in him a kind, peace-loving, ever-willing-to-help, professional gentleman. He approaches every issue with a smile and a direct solution and suggestions. His soul will continue on in peace.


    People like Andy – made this world a better place. I worked with him @ Cisco and honestly, he was one of the kindest and most patient people I have ever met. He always spoke of how much he loved his family and how blessed he was, my love and sympathies go out to all of you. May he rest in peace, always.

  • Elizabeth Pate-Morton says:

    I am so very sorry to hear this news. Andy was a wonderful man and I am praying for his family and friends as they navigate this unexpected loss. My very deepest condolences.

  • NANDA KUMAR says:

    I would like to offer my heartfelt condolences to family and friends of Andy. I came in touch with Andy at Cisco and worked with him for the past 5 years on security audits. I had great regards for his insights and support during our association. Always very open to suggestions and improvements. I have experienced him as a cool and collected person and will miss him. May he Rest in

  • Bruce Beauchamp says:

    I will always remember him as a gentle giant. He was always willing to lend a hand or offer encouragement. A great individual who will be missed. Rest in peace, my friend.

  • Margie says:

    Andy was a lovely person and humble in his brilliance. He had the rare ability to break down and explain amazingly complex concepts regarding RFID so I could understand them. He made me a better lawyer. He also laughed at my puns and jokes no matter how cringeworthy they were. Most of all, he was what my family called a true mensch. We are all better people for him having touched our lives.

  • Eric Henderson says:

    My heart-felt condolences to the whole family. I worked with Andy for almost 9 years at Savi, and thought he was the most awesome guy! Such a wonderful human that always seemed to have a smile on his face, even in the presence of adversity. I’m sure he had a huge impact on so many more people than we all know.

  • Chris Miller says:

    One of my favorite people at Savi. Condolences to the family.

  • Vanessa Duffey says:

    Andy was a great person to work with at Savi. I will never forget his infectious smile. May he Rest In Peace and condolences to his family.

  • Arthur Lim says:

    So sad to hear of Andy’s passing. Great, gentle and humble friend and colleague during our memorable times in Savi. You will be missed 🙁
    Deepest condolences to the family.

  • Deepa Mahendraker says:

    I have worked with Andy for the last few years at Cisco. His sudden demise is a blow. He was the most trustworthy, honest and ethical professional I have met. I am not surprised he was an Eagle Scout.
    My condolences to his family for their deep loss. I personally miss him at work already, I hope God gives the family strength through these trying period.

  • Joseph Tang says:

    It was great working with him back in Savi Tech days.
    My deepest condolences to Andy’s family.

  • Laura Coleman says:

    I am saddened and heartbroken over hearing of Andy’s passing. He was so supportive of Live Oak Volleyball program while his daughters were playing and did so much for me putting together slide shows and such, since I’m not tech savvy! Sandy was also a great team parent and they were their daughters biggest fans. His soft spoken manner and his tech brain will be sorely missed. Prayers to the family.

  • Todd Weber says:

    Oh my, oh my dear Andy. You made our world so much more complete every day in so many subtle but significant ways. We are less by your loss but wish you the greatest of eternities which you richly have earned. My deepest regards and respect to your family and so very many, many friends.

  • Ritesh Balla says:

    This news brings me so much sadness. As a young professional who was starting his career a few years ago, Andy was a wonderful colleague, great mentor and a kind hearted human being. He helped shape my life for the better through his guidance and strong values. For that, I’m forever grateful and will miss him dearly. My deepest condolences to his family and friends.

  • Edison & Janice Yee says:

    Condolences. I’m both shocked and sadden!

  • Jennifer Chen says:

    I had the honor of working with Andy on a project (outside Cisco) that almost nobody knew of, yet he was interested and really earnest in getting involved with it, even though we were just starting out ourselves. The passion and sincerity with which he put himself in to learning about the system and functions really stood out to me; I’m forever grateful he believed in what we’re doing and for getting involved. Always cordial, professional, and a quick learner. I wish we could have continued working together but I’ll always be grateful for the time that we did.

  • Vijay Singh says:

    Andy had a simple and infectious smile. He always had it on him. Andy was my manager for a short duration. One of the best. We are going to miss you. May your soul rest in peace.

    Our condolences to Andy ‘s family.

  • Devendra Shiledar says:

    Andy had a calm and smiling demeanor and was the voice of reason in tough situations. I am very saddened by his untimely demise. My deepest condolences to his family. He will be missed a lot by all of us.

  • Mark Williams says:

    I have only just learned this shocking news on Nov 7th, hence the delay in writing. Such a thoughtful and gentle person, Andy will always be one of my best work colleagues, who had my back every time we were in a sticky situation (which was usually). Go well Andy, you will always be remembered.

  • Mark Reber says:

    I first met Andy as a patient. He quickly transformed into the category of “friend who is also a patient.” We were both Eagle Scouts in our youth and talked about that often when he would come into the office. Soon after meeting him, he brought me a NOT inexpensive gift, unsolicited, from one of his overseas trips. He was just that kind of guy. Rest in peace, Andy. I am a better person from knowing you.

  • Robin Basham says:

    Andy had a deep respect for management, for excellence, and for training others. He’s someone I learned from and I imagine, so did many others. This is terribly sad for his family and friends who deserved to be with him much longer. I wish them healing and am very sorry for their loss. Andy will be missed.

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