Robert Russell, 72, of Le Mars, died Monday, Nov. 3, 2003, at Brentwood Good Samaritan Center in Le Mars.
Robert Charles Russell was born Jan. 7, 1931, in Le Mars, the son of Charles and Leona (Braun) Russell. He grew up on the family farm in Johnson Township, rural Plymouth County. Robert graduated from Le Mars High School in 1950. On April 14, 1951, he married Carol Lade at Assumption Catholic Church in Merrill. Robert enlisted in the Iowa Air Guard on April 1, 1951, and served until Nov. 16, 1952.
Following his discharge from the service, Robert returned to the family farm in Plymouth County. Robert and Carol later built the first large-scale chicken operation in Plymouth County that housed over 5,500 chickens. He continued farming and raising chickens until his retirement in 1986. During his retirement, he worked for Life Skills Training Center for several years.
Robert was a member of St. James Catholic Church and was a 50-year member of the American Legion Wasmer Post #241 of Le Mars. He enjoyed reading and watching television. He also treasured the time he spent visiting with family and friends.
Survivors include his wife, Carol Russell of Le Mars; a son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Diane Russell of Bonifay, Fla.; three daughters, Deb Frerichs of Le Mars, Pam and Al Hummel of Indianola, and Dawn Miller of Windsor, Colo.; a daughter-in-law, Kathy Russell of Le Mars; a brother and sister-in-law, Gene and Edna Russell of Sioux City; 17 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Leona Russell; a son, Mark Russell; a daughter, Kim Russell; and a son-in-law, Steve Frerichs.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. James Catholic Church in Le Mars, with the Rev. James Tigges officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Le Mars, with graveside military honors conducted by American Legion Wasmer Post #241 of Le Mars. Visitation will be after 3 p.m. today (Wednesday), with the family present to greet friends from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Carlsen Funeral Home in Le Mars.
Pallbearers will be Tommy Russell, Joshua Hummel, Ben Hummel, Cory Frerichs, Nicholas Miller and Joshua Petersen.