He graduated from Elyria High School. He was a U.S. Navy veteran. His greatest joy was spending time with family, grandchildren, puppy and friends.
Russell leaves to cherish his memory, his daughter, Angel James and her husband, Robert James; grandchildren, Cheyenne, Johnny, Skyler, Kohen, Myleah and Rylan of Elyria.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Hilda Uhlar.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, September 29, 2012 at 2 P.M. at Peace Mennonite Church, 9300 West Ridge Rd., Elyria, OH 44035. Pastor Adams, will officiate, (440) 322-7344.