Mark Russell, 44, of Le Mars died Sunday, Oct. 26, 2003, at his home in Le Mars.
Mark Robert Russell was born Feb. 18, 1959, in Akron, the son of Robert and Carol (Lade) Russell. Mark grew up on a farm east of Akron in rural Plymouth County. He graduated from Le Mars Community High School in 1977. Mark was united in marriage to Kathy Small on Nov. 18, 1978, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Akron. Mark began his career with Tri-State Drywall where he worked until 1981. Mark worked for a dairy operation in Ida Grove before returning to Akron in 1982.
The family moved to Alaska in 1985 where he worked for a large dairy operation for several years. In 1989, Mark and his family moved to Palo Alto, Calif., where he worked as a cabinet craftsman. In 1990 the family returned to the dairy operation in Alaska where Mark worked until the facility closed in 1993. The family moved to Le Mars in 1993 where Mark worked for Tri-State Interiors in Sioux City until his health deteriorated in April 2003.
Mark enjoyed woodworking and building furniture. While living in Le Mars, Mark remodeled many homes for area residents. He enjoyed fishing and pheasant hunting. He loved to be outdoors.
Mark was a member of St. James Catholic Church and the Painter's Union Local # 214 of Sioux City.
Survivors include his wife Kathy of Le Mars; three daughters, Royale Ann Russell and her fiancé, Mark Andrews, of Marion, Brandie LeeAnn Backes and her husband, Levi, of Holy Cross, and Amber Jean Russell and her friend, Chris Minor, of West Akron, S.D.; his parents, Robert and Carol Russell of Le Mars; a brother, Gary and Diane Russell of Bonifay, Fla., three sisters, Deb Frerichs of Craig, Pam and Alan Hummel of Indianola, and Dawn Miller of Windsor Heights, Colo.; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Gayland and Selma Small of West Akron, S.D.; three brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Louann and Tim Clarey of Larchwood, Brian and Melia Small of West Akron, S.D., Brad and Lori Small of Merrill; and several nieces and nephews.
Mark was preceded in death by a sister, Kim Russell in 1976; a brother-in-law, Steve Frerichs; and his maternal and paternal grandparents.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. James Catholic Church with the Rev. James Tigges officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. Visitations will be after 3 p.m. today (Tuesday) at the Carlsen Funeral Home in Le Mars with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Corey Frerichs, Mike Arens, Ben Gerritson, Tyler Small, Josh Hummel, Alan Hummel, and B.J. Hummel.