Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

September 10, 2007

Richard R. “Rick” Russell

June 28, 1979 - Sept. 7, 2007

Richard R. “Rick” Russell, 28, Corunna, died Friday, Sept. 7, 2007, at his home. He was born June 28, 1979, in Seymour, the son of Pastor Jeffry R. and Donna (Denton) Russell Sr.

Rick was a graduate of Transcona High School, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. He was an outstanding high school athlete who participated in football and excelled in wrestling. He made the International Traveling Wrestling Squad and was undefeated for three years. He also enjoyed archery.

Following his high school career, he attended several trade schools and was in the process of becoming a journeyman. Rick had lived in Kendallville before moving to Corunna, and was employed at the Courier Kendallville Printing Company, Kendallville. He attended the Grace Christian Church, Kendallville.

Surviving are his parents of Kokomo; one son, Bradley K. Russell, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; two sisters, Ashleigh Easley and husband Ben and Jessica Tomlinson and husband Chad, all of Kokomo; three nieces, Trinity Easley and Makaila and Madison Tomlinson; paternal grandparents, Bill Russell, Hopkins, Minn., and Tillie Hensley, Kingman, Ariz.; and maternal grandmother, Christine Oathout, Seymour.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Jeffry R. Russell Jr.; one nephew, Colin Tomlinson; maternal stepgrandfather, Ray Oathout; maternal grandfather, Charles Denton; and an aunt, Brenda Denton.

Funeral services are 1 p.m. Wednesday at Shirley and Stout Funeral Home, Lincoln Road Chapel, 1315 W. Lincoln Road, with the Rev. Chris Mosley, pastor of Grace Christian Church, officiating, assisted by Rick’s uncle, the Rev. Pat Russell, a missionary from Africa. Burial will follow in Albright Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made in Rick’s memory to New Beginnings Christian Fellowship with envelopes available at the funeral home. Online condolences may be left at www.shirleyandstout.com.