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Raymond Earl Russell

January 19, 1950 - October 28, 2019
From: Spencer, IA
Raymond Earl Russell

Raymond Earl Russell

Born: January 19, 1950
Died: October 28, 2019
Age: 69

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     Raymond Earl Russell was born in Ida Grove, IA on January 19, 1950 to Edward and Ruth Janes Russell. He graduated from Spencer High School in 1969 and later took classes at ILCC. Raymond worked at Superior/Witco Manufacturing for many years. He also worked at Spencer Veneer, the Spencer Library, Sacred Heart School and SuperValu.

     Raymond loved taking his niece and 5 nephews on walks, often to the library, and often took care of their pets. He loved to read, do research, and was writing a biography at the time of his death. History, mysteries, and forensics were his other interests. He also loved country western music and rock and roll. Raymond loved to talk with everyone. People will remember him a nice guy, as well as a kind, gentle soul, with a good sense of humor (though he was known for some really bad puns)!

     Raymond was a devout Catholic and belonged to Knights of Columbus, and various other organizations. He was a good son and a generous brother, uncle and friend. He particularly enjoyed seeing old friends at his class reunions and hated that he couldn’t attend the reunion this summer due to ill health. Raymond enjoyed living at Sunset Apartments until last month when he was recuperating at Longhouse Residence. He was slowly recovering from surgery for esophageal cancer, when he died unexpectantly.

     Raymond was preceded in death by his father Edward and uncles, Don Russell and Herbert Henry.

     He is survived by his mother, Ruth, of Spencer, IA; sister, Mindy “Marilyn” Means (Kent) of Royal, IA; brothers, Tom Russell (Coleen) of Ida Grove, IA and Andy Russell (Christy) of Spencer, IA; Nephews, Luke Will, Shawn, and Ryan Russell and Josh Izer; a niece, Sarah Russell; as well as 3 grand-nephews; 3 grand-nieces; 2 aunts; various cousins; and many, many friends. His death is a great loss to all who loved him.

     Thank you to everyone who have supported our family with prayer and kindnesses, especially Raymond’s friends and neighbors. We cannot say enough about the excellent care Raymond received from Abben Cancer Center in Spencer, Mercy Hospital in Sioux City, and Select Specialty Hospital in Sioux Falls, Spencer Hospital, Home health aides and nurses and Longhouse Nursing Home. May God bless all the people who showed such kindness, respect, and patience to Raymond.

Funeral services will take place 11:00 A.M., Friday, November 1, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Spencer.
Fr. Tim Hogan
Shawn Russell
Luke Russell
Will Russell
Tom Russell
Andy Russell
Kent Means

Ryan Russell
Josh Russell
Sarah Anne Russell
Riley Russell
Jameson Russell
Visitation will take place Thursday, October 31, starting at 4:00 P.M., with family present from from 5-7:00 P.M., at Warner Funeral Home in Spencer.
Riverside Cemetery
Spencer, Iowa


Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 1:57 PM
“He's a friend indeed, he will be surely missed. May his soul live on”
- Randy Kurt Phillip
Monday, November 4, 2019 at 11:25 PM
“Ruth, you were friends of my parents for years. Sorry to hear of Ray’s passing”
- JanPithan
Friday, November 1, 2019 at 8:01 AM
“So sorry about Raymond's passing. He was such a nice person and always joy to visit with over the years. ”
- Debbie Friedrichsen
Friday, November 1, 2019 at 8:01 AM
“Ruth, So sorry to hear of Raymond's passing. Sending you a big hug. Your former neighbor, Christie Lucas”
- Christie Lucas
Thursday, October 31, 2019 at 7:44 PM
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Raymond's family.”
- Nita Richards
Thursday, October 31, 2019 at 6:15 PM
“Mindy and family, We thought a lot of Raymond and enjoyed getting to know him better at Sacred Heart Church. So thoughtful and kind. Would ask us to pray for his family members. Our condolences and prayers. ”
- Fran LeClair
Thursday, October 31, 2019 at 2:55 PM
“Andy and family we are so sorry to hear about Raymond. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. God Bless.”
- Bob and LAvon Montgomery
Thursday, October 31, 2019 at 11:55 AM
“So sad to learn of Ray’s passing. He was always a kind soul to all. Ray was a big fan of The Koats of Male band & He needed a ride to the Roof Garden to attend our Hall of Fame induction so I picked him & took him to the event. Bless his kind heart!”
- Chapman David R
Thursday, October 31, 2019 at 11:54 AM
“Mindy and family so very sorry to hear this.”
- nancy newgard
Thursday, October 31, 2019 at 9:02 AM
“Our sympathy to Raymonds family. We would see him at Mass & give a ride home.
- Jim & Pat Hynes
Thursday, October 31, 2019 at 8:07 AM
“God bless and keep Raymond and his family at this time”
- john cathy kirschbaum
Thursday, October 31, 2019 at 8:06 AM
“Mindy and family, my sincere condolences on your loss of Raymond. What a truly kind and considerate man. He was missed at our class reunion this summer. I know how bad he felt not being able to attend. May he rest in peace now.
Vicki Peterson class of 1969”
- Vicki Peterson
Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at 6:52 PM
“So sorry to hear about Raymond! We always enjoyed seeing him around town and at church. He was such a staple of the community. I’ll always remember seeing him when he was babysitting. He was such a nice man!!!”
- Kim & Reynold Peterson
Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at 3:44 PM
“My sympathy to you and your family Andy. I'm so sorry for your loss.”
- Dayle Broocks
Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at 3:44 PM
“Im so sorry to hear about Raymond. What a sweet guy! Always so kind and in school he just did his own thing! May God wrap his arms around you all and guide you through this. He will be missed!!!!!”
- Gayle & Bryan Bailey
Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at 9:37 AM
“Raymond will be surely missed by so many many people and he was so so friendly towards me and always writing beautiful letters to me and staying in touch as friends 👬. May I all find comfort and peace as u all mourn for Raymond.. u r all blessed and God i is good all of the time my prayers go out you all ..
- Diane Mullenberg
Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at 8:00 AM
“So sorry to hear of Raymond's passing. Our deepest condolences. ”
- Elaine Dailey
Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at 8:00 AM
“Very sorry to hear about the passing of Raymond. Raymond and myself were 2 of just 3 guys that took a fast track college Speech course full of women in the summer of 1999 through ILCC. That was a very interesting two weeks, made all the more interesting by Raymond himself who was definitely one of the most interesting characters in that class - memorable even 20 years later. My sympathies to his family during this time. ”
- Michael Scharnberg
Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at 8:00 AM
“Raymond you were a wonderful classmate. Prayers and thoughts for your family. Class of 1969 Barb Preston”
- Barb Preston Roundtree
Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at 8:00 AM
“You and your family remain in my prayers, Dollface! Praying for peace for your hearts. XO”
- MS.
Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at 8:00 AM
“Ruth and family,
So sorry for your loss. you are all in our thoughts and prayers.”
- Rhonda & Steve Essick
Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at 8:00 AM
“ We always had great conversations with Raymond when we'd see him. Please accept our sincere condolence's. Jim & Jan Rusk”
- Jan Rusk
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