Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

December 5, 2012

Wilfred S. ‘Poodie’ Russell

July 9, 1922 — Dec. 3, 2012


— Wilfred S. “Poodie” Russell, 90, Gas City, formerly of Summitville, died Monday, Dec. 3, 2012 at Wesleyan Healthcare and Rehabilitation in Marion, after an extended illness.

He was born July 9, 1922, in Summitville, the son of Thomas Irwin Russell and Bertha Ann (Humphries) Russell.

Russell served his country during World War II and was honorably discharged from the United States Army. He worked for the Kokomo Municipal Sanitation Department for 15 years, retiring in 1971. He had also worked at Anaconda, formerly of Marion, Scampy’s Pizza in Anderson and the Alexandria Car Wash. He was a member of the Kokomo VFW, the Marion AmVets and the Alexandria Eagles. Wilfred loved his family and friends. He especially enjoyed playing cards; trips to Las Vegas, Georgia and Nashville; eating out; home-cooked meals; his pets; and watching the Pacers, I.U. and the Indianapolis Colts.

He was a very loving father and grandfather. He loved people and had many friends.

Survivors include daughters Patty Lidy, Gas City, Carolyn Barber, Winston, Ga., and Nina Beeman, Marion; sons, Sam (Janet) Russell and Art (Suki) Russell, all of Kokomo; sister Betty Taylor, Oglesby, Ill.; eight grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; one great great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Bonita (Cummings) Russell; second wife, Josepha (Knuckles) Russell: grandson, Jeffery E. Barber; brothers, Austin J. Russell, Charles T. Russell, Thomas Russell, Carl Shafer and Eugene Shafer; and sister, Claretta Hayes.

Funeral services will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012 in Owens-Noffze Funeral Home, 1009 W. Walnut St., Summitville, with Pastor Mark Hummel of Grace Community Church, Marion, officiating. Burial will follow in Vinson Memorial Cemetery, Summitville, with military honors.

Friends may call at the Owens-Noffze Funeral Home in Summitville from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Foundation with envelopes available at the funeral home. Online condolences can be sent to owensmemorialservices.com.