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Robert Lewis Russell, 84, of Rosewood, Ohio passed away on Sunday morning, 23 December 2018. He was born on 16 December 1934 the fifth child of the late Edward Lee and late Mabel Mary (Pence) Russell in Spring Creek Township (near Piqua), Miami County, Ohio.
He married the late Betty Louise Baker in January 1954. Tina Lynn (Charles) Jones of Jackson Center is their daughter. On 2 June 1962, he married the late Marie Frances Kies. Their children include Jayne Marie Russell of Kiev, Ukraine, Theodore Robert [Ted] (Monica) Russell of Springfield, Missouri, Janice Amanda (Glenn) Thebert of Rosewood. Step-son, Timothy Russell lives in Sidney. There are many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Robert joined the US Navy and served aboard USS General Randall from October 1952 to November 1955. He received the National Defense Service Medal, the China Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal, and the United Nation Service Medal. He retired after 34 years of working at the Copeland Corporation of Sidney, Ohio. He served as Perry Township (Shelby County, Ohio) Trustee for a term. He thoroughly enjoyed serving the community.
Surviving sisters include Esther (Melvin) Kiser, Betty (Frank) Barhorst, Rosemary Lemmon of Piqua; Charlotte Milhoff of Tipp City; and Caroline Huffman of Sidney. Brothers Chester, Lester and Ronald as well as sisters Evelyn Fair and Patricia Schaffner preceded him in death.
Alongside his wife, Marie, he actively participated in the life of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ (Sidney), Maplewood Grange, and volunteered for Shelby County Historical Society. He enjoyed fishing and woodworking.
Viewing hours are Sunday, 30 December from 3 to 6 p.m. at Adams Funeral Home, 1401 Fair Road, Sidney, Ohio. Funeral services with Pastor Jim Oates will be Monday, 31 December 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at Adams Funeral Home with an hour of viewing prior to the service. Burial is at Cedar Point Cemetery, Pasco immediately following with full military services. Donations can be made to St. Paul’s United Church of Christ or Wilson Home Health Hospice. Condolences may be expressed online at theadamsfuneralhome.com.