May 19, 1918—April 26, 2019
Herbert “Bill” Russell passed away at his home in Kelso, WA, on April 26, 2019. Herbert was born May 19, 1918, to Charles and Ida Russell in Alberta, Canada. He lived in the local area for about 95 years, graduated from R.A. Long High School and later worked as a carpenter, then a millwright at Longview Fibre for 45 years, retiring Aug. 27, 1981. Herbert also served in the US Navy, serving on the destroyer escort USS Farquhar during WWII.
Bill loved fishing, camping, traveling and helping people. Bill had a servant’s heart. After retirement, he volunteered at YWAM, SOWERS, and Gleanings for the Hungry. He always helped family and friends with any building or repair challenges they had. He was someone who could build or fix anything. He was a devoted Christian, who was a prayer warrior for his family and friends. He loved life, people, learning new things and seeing new places. He had a delightful wit and an infectious sense of humor and stayed “young at heart” until the end. He will be missed more than words can say.
Herbert is survived by his son Randy Russell, of Rainier, OR; daughters Joane Tillman, of Toledo, WA, Connie Mouser, of LaCenter, WA, Carol Foss, of Ariel, WA, and Sue Buker, of Toledo, WA; 14 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and numerous great-great-grandchildren. Herbert is preceded in death by his first wife Dora Faye Van Norman in 1976, and his second wife Marion Lund Robinson in 2013.
A celebration of his life will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at the Abundant Life Church of the Nazarene in Kelso.