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“Dear Carla and family our hearts are saddened by your loss. Many many thanks to you and Russell for being there for Darlene in her times of need. May...Read More »
1 of 16 | Posted by: Brenda Alfano - Saint Johns, FL

“Carla, I was saddened to hear the news of Russell's passing. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I am presently...Read More »
2 of 16 | Posted by: Tessie Tournillon - Ponchatoula, LA

“Our sincere condolences to the family. Always enjoyed visiting with him at the restaurants over many years. May God surround all of you in his love...Read More »
3 of 16 | Posted by: Dr. and Mrs. Belford Carver - LA

“Carola , so sorry to see this. Will keep you in my prayers.. ”
4 of 16 | Posted by: Peggy Monistere Johnson - MO

“I'm so very sorry for your loss, Carla. ”
5 of 16 | Posted by: Marshall Snyder - Nashville, TN

“Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers! ”
6 of 16 | Posted by: Michelle Perry - Robert, LA

“Oh so sorry for your loss and the loss of a dear long time family friend. Good memories. Our prayers are with you. ”
7 of 16 | Posted by: Gordon and Eloise Anderson Anderson

“Mrs. Carlo, Ryan, Russell Jr. and Ronnie. I am so sorry to hear of MR. Russell's passing. I loved and respected him. He was definitely and...Read More »
8 of 16 | Posted by: Christine Jackson Woolfolk - LA

“Our thoughts & prayers will be with your family.Stormy & Denise Lee ”
9 of 16 | Posted by: Denise Lee - Hammond, LA

“I'll remember our friendship during our school days together. I especially remember the times we played softball during recess at Holy Ghost School....Read More »
10 of 16 | Posted by: Michael Meyers - Prairieville, LA

“I love you, Russell! Always have; always will! ❤ ”
11 of 16 | Posted by: Carla Tallo - Hammond - Spouse

“As I read the kind and true comments about Russell, I was reminded of the days I lived and worked in Hammond many years ago. Russell contracted with...Read More »
12 of 16 | Posted by: Wally McWhirter - Flora, MS

“My prayers are with the family, I've known and worked for Mr.Russell Sr.for many years he always brought a smile in whenever he entered the room, he...Read More »
13 of 16 | Posted by: Tyrone Kinchen - Hammond, LA

“I'll remember Mr. Russell in many positive ways-with a big smile and a great sense of humor whether we were on camping trips or at Russell's Grille....Read More »
14 of 16 | Posted by: Jenny Bankston - Woodland Hills, CA

“Carla, so sorry to hear of Russell s passing. He as a great guy. Prayers for you and your family. At least you know he's not suffering anymore. ”
15 of 16 | Posted by: Judy Benton (Smyth) - Picayune, MS

“Carla, Russell was such a great friendly all. He was always so pleasant & funny. I will cherish all of the memories of our many trips, dinners,...Read More »
16 of 16 | Posted by: Nathalie Bates - Hammond, LA


Russell Wayne Tallo, Sr., 69, a lifelong businessman and resident of Hammond, passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 7, 2019, at the Richard Murphy Hospice House. He was born on Thursday, February 23, 1950. He was a member of Holy Ghost Catholic Church and a board member of the Tickfaw Italian Festival.

Russell is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Carla Colona Tallo; sons, Russell W. Tallo, Jr and wife Melissa, Ronnie J. Tallo and wife Vanessa, and Ryan M. Tallo; sister, Marlene Tallo Hinshaw and brother in law Chucky Hinshaw; and brother in law Emile C. Colona and wife Shirley. He loved being around his grandchildren, Taylor, Ashleigh, Kristyn, Courtney, Cecelia "CeCe", Brady, and Seth, and in these last nine months his puppy, Zippo, who loved his "Pops."

He was a restaurant business owner most of his life and at one time owned five Russell's Diners. Working in the restaurant business was his passion. He loved the atmosphere, cooking and serving people, but mostly loved visiting with his customers as they enjoyed their meals. He never met a stranger and was always smiling. The outpouring love from his community showed the type of person he was. He cherished his family and friends and loved having them around him until the day he died.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Joseph A. Tallo Jr. and Mary Lato Tallo; three brothers, Joe Tallo III, Gene Tallo, and Louis J. Tallo; mother in law, Cecelia Mele Colona and father in law, Nat C. Colona; sister in law, Barbara Rogers Tallo; and nephews, James "Jimmy" Tallo and Nat John Colona.

Friends will be received on Wednesday, July 10, 2019, from 9:00 am until 11:00 am at Our Lady of the Pompeii Catholic Church, Tickfaw, LA with a mass beginning at 11:00 am. Interment will follow in Rose Memorial Park Mausoleum, Hammond, LA.

Contributions may be made to The Richard Murphy Hospice House, should friends desire. The family would like to thank Barry Bankston of Louisiana Hospice and Palliative Care; Donna Olivia of Richard Murphy Hospice; lifelong friend, Harry Vial and cousin, Louis Ray Tallo for being there for Russell and for the many chemo trips to Baton Rouge. Russell touched many lives and will never be forgotten.