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Eugene H. Russell
March 25, 1922 - November 23,2014

Eugene H. Russell, 92, of Sublimity, Oregon, died of natural causes November 23, 2014. He was born March 25, 1922 to Elizabeth (Doerfler) Russell and Harold (Hal) Russell. He was raised in Marion, Oregon, where he attended Marion Elementary School, and graduated from Aumsville High School. As a young man, he played football and baseball and was tapped for minor league baseball before joining the US Navy.

He served active duty in WWII. When he returned home, he worked in Seattle for Boeing, Corvallis doing construction, and later opened his own saw mill. He went on to work for Lulay Bros. Lumber until the mill closed. He continued his career in mill work with Frank Lumber Co., where he was a planer man until he retired. 

On November 20, 1948, Gene married his wife of 66 years, Velma Lulay. Together they welcomed 7 children, 13 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren into the Russell family. He was active in the community throughout his life, serving on the city council and as mayor of Sublimity. His life was long, filled with things he enjoyed: travel, hunting and keeping a meticulous home.

He is survived by his wife Velma; brother, Eldon Russell; his children, Arlene (and John) Bischoff, son-in-law Greg Zaser, Daryl Russell, Lea (and John) Meldrum, Dennis (and Kathy) Russell, Lori (and Todd) Preimsberg, Judy (and Ed) Vandehey, 13 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, brothers Wilburn and Stanley Russell, and daughter Anita Russell Zaser.

Gene shared in the Catholic faith and was a lifelong member of St. Boniface Parish in Sublimity. The Russell family asks that you join us in celebrating his life Friday, November 28 at St. Boniface Catholic Church: Rosary 11:30 am, funeral mass 12:00pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice Care of the Northwest or Marcey's Place. Serving the family, North Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.
 


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