August 6, 1945 to May 21, 2023 – Russell Lowell Wilkinson was born in Odessa, Missouri on August 6, 1945. His parents were Ruth and Harry Wilkinson. When Russ was 12 years old, the family moved to Auburn, Washington to join the two oldest boys who were working at Boeing in Seattle.
Russell studied at the University of Washington, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. After two years with a large CPA firm – Moss Adams – he sat for the CPA exam, which he passed on the first attempt.