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Russell Michael Ling

Russell Michael Ling, 59, died peacefully on Sunday Nov. 7 in the home he built for his family.

He was born in Jetmore, Kansas. He moved to California in 1958. He was an Oakdale resident for more than 33 years and owned a construction company for 17 of those years. Mr. Ling was a skilled craftsman and loved RV’ing and riding quads as a means to explore the great outdoors. He always knew how to bring a smile to people’s faces by cracking witty jokes or pulling pranks.

He is survived by his wife, Jennifer Ling of Oakdale; daughter, Nicole Ling of Santa Barbara; sisters, Elaine Wyatt of Clovis, Jeanne Brunk of Groveland; and brother, Arthur Ling of Clovis.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Russell and Marguerite Ling; sister, Pat Ling; and brother, David Ling.

A celebration of a life will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 13 at the Ling residence.