Richard R. Russell

October 5, 1935 - July 7, 2017
Richard R. Russell

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Richard R. Russell, 81 passed away on Friday, July 7, 2017 at Hospice House in Poland, Ohio following a lengthy illness.
He was born in Wellsville, Ohio on October 5, 1935 a son to the late Charles and Naomi (Reese) Russell. Living his entire life in this area, Richard worked as a Sagger Maker for New Castle Refractories for 35 years before retiring on April 16, 1986. He was a member of the Eagles and attended Free Methodist Church.
He is survived by his wife Betty J. (Touvelle) Russell whom he married on January 12, 1954; two sons: Richard R. Russell, II of Lisbon, OH and Michael H. Russell and his wife Patricia of Wellsville, OH; a daughter: Christal Lynn Plimpton and her husband James of New Manchester, WV; eleven grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a son: John W. Russell; four brothers: Carl, William, Nestle and Charles Russell and five sisters: Mable Hartline, Ruth Hartline, Margaret Pringle, Esther Clark and Marie Snowden.
Family will be present to receive friends at the Wellsville Chapel of the Martin MacLean Altmeyer Funeral Homes on Monday, July 10, 2017 from 3 to 7 PM. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.
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  • July 07, 2017
    Tina Tennant says:
    To the Russell family, I'm so sry for ur loss. I had the pleasure of taking care of Dick for a lil bit. He sure was a character. ☺☺ Sending up prayers for all of the family.

  • July 08, 2017
    Patricia A Russell lit a candle:
    Lit since July 8, 2017 at 7:09:48 AM

  • July 08, 2017
    Cathy Grimm Williams says:
    Fly high and tell everyone hello for me. Families can be together forever and one day we all will be.

  • July 08, 2017
    Clara Hissam Clutter says:
    So sorry for your loss.He was a great friend to my brother Johnny.May God comfort you at this time.

  • July 08, 2017
    Amber moody lit a candle:
    Lit since July 8, 2017 at 7:41:53 AM