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Russell Irvin deCordova

May 4, 1957 — March 16, 2024


With humble acceptance of God’s will, we announce the passing of Russell deCordova, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend, on March 16, 2024. Born on May 4, 1957, Russ was destined to be in the cattle industry following in his father's and grandfather's footsteps.

Russ left behind a true legacy in the cattle industry, a legacy that he began creating at a young age. Relationships, a handshake, and a man’s word are how Russ operated. The cattle industry continued to be a family tradition for Russ; aside from Superior Livestock, he and his sons Cody and Ty also owned and operated Buffalo Livestock Marketing, Inc. in Buffalo, Texas. Where Russ spent many hours writing up cattle that lined the road and welcoming all the sellers with a handshake and a thank you. Then he would change boots and head to Fort Worth to help customers market their cattle the Superior Way and mentor all the young men who joined on as Representatives.

He truly believed the good Lord blessed him with his beautiful wife, Debbie, and his three children, Amie, Cody, and Ty. His greatest accomplishment in life was always his eight grandchildren. Not many grandfathers and grandchildren share the same hobby but showing cutting horses with his grandsons, Charles Russell and Will, was a dream come true. He spent hours watching Gracie, Peyton and Tylar show their steers and goats. Russ and Debbie always enjoyed a trip to Weatherford to watch Wesley in his many sporting events. At home they were watching Gracie cheer on the goats and then excelling on the basketball court and Peyton winning on the tennis court. Then they were off to the tee-ball field to watch Colt and Ellie. In Colt Russell’s words, “He was the best.”

He was a man who garnered respect in all the things he did, including his pursuits with cutting horses. He won many championships showing cutting horses, but his greatest joy was breeding and raising his own show horses.

Russ is survived by his loving wife Debbie; children, Amie Bushaw (Chad Bushaw), Cody deCordova (Emily deCordova), Ty deCordova (Jennifer deCordova), and grandchildren Charles Russell Bushaw, Will Bushaw, Gracie deCordova, Peyton deCordova, Wesley Bushaw, Tylar deCordova, Colt Russell deCordova, and Ellie deCordova, sisters LuRene NeNoir (Stanley LeNoir), Lisa deCordova, Peggy Crow (Len Crow) and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Russell and Joan deCordova,

Public Visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 19, 2024, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Groesbeck Funeral Home Chapel. 

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, March 20, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Groesbeck (306 N. Ellis St.), with Deacon Glenn Collum and Bro. Jack Smith officiating. A private family burial will follow at a later time. 

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Private family burial.

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Past Services


Tuesday, March 19, 2024

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Groesbeck Funeral Home, Inc.

1215 E. Yeagua St., Groesbeck, TX 76642

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Funeral Service

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Central time)

First Baptist Church of Groesbeck

306 N Ellis St, Groesbeck, TX 76642

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