Formerly, Mr. Lagerblade was leasing agent for Royal Properties, who were instrumental in building 23 Central Phoenix commercial properties in the 1960s. He was then sales director and office manager for Royal Packing Co., and commercial property manager for Bud Melcher & Associates, Real Estate. Russ formed his own company, Lagerblade & Associates Inc. in 1971, and handled numerous partnership investments.
He graduated from Arizona State University in 1960 and his license plate reads, "ASU NUT". He graduated in 1960 from the business college with a degree in finance and was awarded the Banking Associates Scholarship for the outstanding finance student. He was an avid ASU fan attending every sporting event he could manage. He was a charter member of Orangewood Athletic Association, active as a Boy Scout leader, a former member of Phoenix Rotary 100, the Phoenix Chamber and Executive Association of Greater Phoenix (EAGP).
Russ was a true friend and there will be many who miss him. He had a deep abiding love of God and was a member of La Casa de Cristo Lutheran Church.
He leaves behind his wife of 51 years, Sandra, a friendship that started in the 7th grade and a lifetime of love when they married Aug. 29, 1959. His children were his pride and joy and when they walked through the door his day was complete; sons, Mark (Chris), Phoenix, and Randy (Ruth), Johnston, Iowa; daughter, Julie Rich; grandchildren, Jamie and Lana Williams, Helen, Walter, Eileen, Gretchen and Neil Lagerblade; and great-granddaughter, Taylor Williams. He also says goodbye to two brothers, Roy (Mary) and Robert (D'Ann), both in Illinois.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials to Arizona Kidney Foundation, 4203 E. Indian School Road, No. 104, Phoenix, AZ 85018; ASU Athletic Department, Carson Center, P.O. Box 872505, Tempe, AZ 85258; or Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014.