Russell Charles Nolte was born in Portland on May 13th, 1965, and was adopted by the Nolte family. Raised in the Catholic faith, Russ felt the call to lead and protect at the youngest age. As the oldest of four boys, Russ’ penchant for adventure led him and his siblings into great mischief and exploration of the surrounding neighborhoods. It was no surprise then, when Russ found his calling to serve our country in the United States Army.
Ever interested in everything, Russ’ military career quickly grew as he progressed through every challenge: he earned the Ranger Tab; completed HALO then became a HALO Jump Master; achieved the Combat Diver Badge, Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, and Pathfinder Badge. Whenever told he couldn’t, Russ proved he “could.”
Growing into a proficient Non-commissioned Officer, Russ’ care for and pride in his troops would later garner him two Bronze Stars. In this career spanning over 27 years, he also received the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M Device, and the Iraq Campaign Medal.
Russ’ greatest challenge was not overseas however, but in serving response and recovery efforts for the Hurricane Katrina Relief effort. Witnessing the damage inflicted to his Americans, some at the hands of other Americans, Russ felt the disturbing rise of PTSD. He would carry this experience forward with him, using it as the energy to learn ever more about response operations. And keenly, about the stresses of combat and disaster.
Russ never stopped learning, and never stopped questioning everything. As Sergeant First Class Nolte retired out of Camp Murray in 2012, a whole new, civilian world awaited.
In his new path he rediscovered God, and was baptized at 49 years young by Pastor Chris Bassett, at the Passion Worship Center in Bonney Lake, WA.
Russ also discovered the “country life” and learned how to run tractors, till the land, run cows, and hone his BBQ skills with partner Lorraine and best friend Steve. Whatever adventure arose, Russ was in.
Russ leaves us too soon. We understand God called Russ up for this next, grand adventure, but life will be poorer here without our Huck Finn.
Internment Services are scheduled for March 20th at 11:00am
Willamette National Cemetery Portland
11800 SE Mount Scott Blvd
Happy Valley, OR 97086
Informal gathering to occur following services at:
McMenamins Edgefield Lucky Pool Hall [located in the basement of the main manor building] 2126 SW Halsey St Troutdale, OR 97060
In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite veterans nonprofit on behalf of Russell Nolte, or to:
Saratoga WarHorse Foundation https://www.saratogawarhorse.com/
Checks can be made to:Saratoga WarHorse Foundation, P.O. Box 461, Saratoga, NY 12866
Donations possible online at www.saratogawarhorse.org
Call the office at 518-886-8131 and speak with Nicole who can take a donation over the phone.