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William Everett Russell (1946 - 2009)

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William Everett Russell
1946 - 2009
Born
August 12, 1946
Kewanna, Indiana
Death
June 23, 2009
Leiter's Ford, Indiana
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Bill Russell
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William Everett Russell was born on August 12, 1946 at Kewanna, Indiana. He died on June 23, 2009 at Leiter's Ford, Indiana at 62 years of age. We know that William Everett Russell had been residing in Indiana .
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Mike Willis commented on Jul 22
When was the divorce finalized between William and Marsha (Jones)?
Daniel Pinna commented on Jul 22
hmmm yeah I couldn't find it on Ancestry. I tried Indiana's Judicial Branch website without much luck either :/ [external link]
Mike Willis commented on Jul 25
Where was William “Bill” stationed in the Army?

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William E. Russell Aug. 12, 1946 - June 23, 2009 ROCHESTER - It was Tuesday afternoon, June 23rd, an apparent routine day of disking the fields turned to tragedy and great sadness when Michael, Bill's grandson, and key farming partner found him down in the field and unresponsive, on one of the family's farms. William "Bill" Russell was born in Kewanna to Everett W. and Pauline Ault Russell on August 12, 1946. He was one of three children growing up with sisters Barbara and Becky. As a young man, Bill grew up on his family's Richland Township farm. A hobby of his youth was hunting rabbit and fishing on the farm. He was a graduate of the Argos High School class of 1964. He attended Ft. Wayne Business College and studied accounting. Later our country beckoned him, answering the call Bill was a proud member of the U.S. Army serving during the Vietnam War. During his tour of duty he was awarded 2 bronze stars. On September 20, 1969 in Leiter's Ford, he married Victoria Bell "Vicky" McGlothlin. Their marriage spanned nearly 40 years. Vicky passed away on April 5, 2008 following a valiant fight with cancer. Their union produced three children Scott, Gretchen and Haidee. On January 31, 2009, in Logansport, he married Beth Lucile Davis who survives at home. Bill was a skilled man and versatile with many interests. He worked at Sealed Power until it's closing. Later he was an employee of the Pat Hiatt Construction Company. Bill served the Aubbee Community for 39 years as a volunteer firefighter until his health required he step aside. As an entrepreneur Bill founded the Able Home Care Service back in 1982. He is currently co-owner of the company. Bill continued to drive the school bus for the Culver Community Schools. With a desire to serve his community and friends Bill was currently a member of the Fulton County Board of Zoning Appeals, the Aubbeenaubee Improvement Corporation and served as a former member of the Hazardous Waste Committee. Bill enjoyed several passions in life: his church, his family, farming and 4-H. An active member of the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints he fulfilled many callings as a servant to his church. Farming and 4-H were paramount to his family. As the patriarch of the Russell clan, Bill instilled traditional family values, work ethic to his children and grandchildren. Togetherness was a key element of this close-knit family's success. Whether it was the special care given to the cattle or goats or sharing trade secrets and techniques on construction-Bill was there to lead the family pack. It was just a few years back and the family erected a barn with Grandpa Bill overseeing the project. With sheer guts and determination Bill battled cancer's grasp and prevailed as a survivor. He leaves behind his family who loved and adored him, the church family with whom he worshiped, along with his buddies at the Marshall County 4-H Beef Barn, students who he safely took to school and returned home each day, the Aubbee Volunteer Firefighters and the many friends he made along the pathways of life's journey to cherish his memory of the many good times they shared. Survivors include wife Beth at home. One son Scott Russell and wife Kellie and their children Claire, Madeline, Laura, Jessica, Katelyn and Evelyn all of Plain City, Utah, two daughters Gretchen Johnson and husband Scott and their children Michael, Renae, Rebekah and Elizabeth, Haidee and husband Michael Temme and their children Zachary, Russell, and Alexandra all of Leiter's Ford. Bill's extended children include Kristina Risner, Richard Ganshow, Karla and husband Mitch Rutledge, Rob and Kira Bettcher and his foreign exchange daughter Jantje Roder of Germany. Also surviving are 2 step-sons Jim Davis and wife Jessica of Monticello, IN and Mike Davis and wife Kelly of Aults, Oklahoma a step-daughter Sarah Davis and companion Josh Isom of Monticello, IN 7 grandchildren of his extended family, 5 step-grandchildren and his faithful and loving canine companion Wilson, a Springer Spaniel, numerous cousins, nieces and nephews also survive. He is preceded in death by his parents, first wife, and two sisters Barbara Wagoner and Becky Nelson. A celebration of the life of MR. William "Bill" Russell will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday at the Good Family Funeral Home 1200 West 18th Street, Rochester, with President William Tincher presiding. Friends may visit with his family from 4:00 - 8:00 on Saturday and an hour prior to services. He will be laid to rest at the Leiter's Ford IOOF Cemetery. Military graveside rites will be conducted by the LeRoy Shelton American Legion Post and the Manitou Post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
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In 1946, in the year that William Everett Russell was born, pediatrician Dr. Benjamin Spock's book "The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care" was published. It sold half a million copies in the first six months. Aside from the Bible, it became the best selling book of the 20th century. A generation of Baby Boomers were raised by the advice of Dr. Spock.

In 1958, he was just 12 years old when on January 31st, Explorer I, the United States' answer to Sputnik I (and 2,) was launched. America had entered the Space Race. The first spacecraft to detect the Van Allen radiation belt, it remained in orbit until 1970.

In 1963, by the time he was 17 years old, the British Secretary of War, 46 year old John Profumo ,was forced to resign when he lied about an affair with 19 year old Christine Keeler. Keeler was also involved with the Soviet naval attaché and charges of espionage were feared. No proof of spying was ever found.

In 1979, when he was 33 years old, on March 28th, a partial nuclear meltdown occurred at the power plant at Three Mile Island Pennsylvania. Radiation leaked into the environment, resulting in a rating of 5 on a scale of 7 ("Accident With Wider Consequences") . It ended up costing $1 billion to clean up the site.

In 1987, he was 41 years old when on October 19th, stock exchanges around the world crashed. Beginning in Hong Kong then spreading to Europe, the crash then hit the United States. It was called Black Monday. The Dow Jones fell 508 points to 1,738.74 (22.61%).

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