- June 30, 1927 - April 8, 2012
- Merrill, Wisconsin
of George's Passing
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“To all of George and Nancy's children This is Mike The son of Barbara Cleaveland who was George's cousin. I was passing thru Merrill from Tomahawk...Read More »
1 of 28 | Posted by: Michael A. K uczkowski
“I love you you were always there when i needed you its hard to let you go but its for the best.
2 of 28 | Posted by: Ryan Hoedeman - Eden Prairie, MN
“I was so sorry to read of George's death. Please accept my condolences. Great memories of you all when we were growing up. A blessing that he died...Read More »
3 of 28 | Posted by: Jack Talbot - Fond du Lac, WI
“My prayers are with the Russell family at this difficult time. Our families were close when I and my brothers were younger and there were a lot of...Read More »
4 of 28 | Posted by: Ann Talbot Fowler - West Bend, WI
“Why do these things seem to happen to the "good guys". You were a real friend, George, from the first day we met on the football field at Merrill...Read More »
5 of 28 | Posted by: Ray and Anita Smedul - Denton, TX
“To: George Russell's family. our sincere sympathy on the passing of George. He was an outstanding individual and did so much for his family and for...Read More »
6 of 28 | Posted by: dennis m. taylor - Hudson, OH
“May cherished memories of special times bring you comfort. God bless all.
7 of 28 | Posted by: Brenda Emerich Benson - Escondido, CA
“George left a true legacy on earth through his outstanding example and the influence he had on his family! I know by reflection that his children...Read More »
8 of 28 | Posted by: Mark - Leavenworth, KS
“I am so lucky to have had the honor of meeting George at the Owl's nest a few years ago.He was a great man and well respected by all.I toast my...Read More »
9 of 28 | Posted by: Randy Striker - Lodi, OH
“I saw George a few Christmases ago at the Wal-mart parking lot. He greeted me warmly and smiled sincerely. We had some quick talk about family,...Read More »
10 of 28 | Posted by: Geri Boettcher Krause - WI
“My heart goes out to you all, in particular to Nancy, George's right hand. Lindy is remembered as a special guest at our home years ago. May the Big...Read More »
11 of 28 | Posted by: Jerry & Maty Boettcher - WI
“My heartfelt condolences to the entire Russell family. My prayers and thoughts are with you, he was a fine man and a great surogate father in the old...Read More »
12 of 28 | Posted by: DaveLemon - Green Bay, WI
“Sending my condolences to you and your family for your loss.
13 of 28 | Posted by: Megan Mindham - Sun Prairie, WI
“Dear Russell family, I was so sorry to hear the news of your loss today. George was truly a great man to be admired by all who had the pleasure...Read More »
14 of 28 | Posted by: Don Schnabel - Oshkosh, WI
“Nancy & family, Please excuse our absence we are on the road and returning to Merrill from FL. It's hard to say goodbye to a great guy. George...Read More »
15 of 28 | Posted by: Tom&Lynn Geiger - Merrill, WI
“I have many great memories of George at the Owls nest in the late 80's on hunting trips with Paul. I shot my first buck there and fondly remember...Read More »
16 of 28 | Posted by: Pete Marquardt - Green Bay, WI
“It has been almost 20 years since I was first invited to the Owl's nest. It didn't take me long to figure out that this was a very special place...Read More »
17 of 28 | Posted by: Keith Bakken - Mt. Horeb, WI
“Dear Rob and Family: I am very sorry to hear of the death of your father, George. My thoughts are with you.
18 of 28 | Posted by: Eileen Ostrowsky - Sun Prairie, WI
“Russell family, My dad just called with the sad news of your dad's passing. I'm so sorry about that. I have fond memories of him as a neighbor on...Read More »
19 of 28 | Posted by: Cathy Moe Dalnes - New Brighton, MN
“Dear Russell Family, Our sincere condolences and deepest sympathy to your family at this time of sorrow. May God bless and keep you, ...Read More »
20 of 28 | Posted by: Richard & Becky Flatau - Merrill, WI
“I have fond memories of George (and the Russell family) and how they showed kindness to me as a young man.
Sorry for your loss, he will be missed.
21 of 28 | Posted by: Thomas Wittman - Glen Ellyn, IL
“Lyndy & family - I was very sorry to hear about your dads passing - my thoughts and prayers are with you & your family.
22 of 28 | Posted by: Cheryl Radloff Hogue - Park Falls, WI
“Sorry for your loss, you will be in my thoughts and prayers.
23 of 28 | Posted by: John Blaha - Sparta, WI
“Your family has my deepest sympathy
24 of 28 | Posted by: Todd Effinger - Viroqua, WI
“My sympathy to all of your family. May pleasant memories help fill your lives with joy and peace.
25 of 28 | Posted by: Georgeann Knier - Manitowoc, WI
“My deepest sympathy. Your family is in my prayers.
26 of 28 | Posted by: Kristine Revak - Sauk City, WI
“My condolences to George's family. He was a true gentleman.
27 of 28 | Posted by: bill mansell - wausau, WI
“You are in our thoughts and prayers. CSM Raabe
28 of 28 | Posted by: Douglas Raabe - Tomah, WI
George G. Russell, age 84, of Merrill, died peacefully Easter morning April 8, 2012 surrounded by family at Pine Crest Nursing Home under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services. George was born June 30, 1927 in Plainfield, New Jersey, to the late Laurence and Mildred (Smith) Russell. George attended Merrill High School prior to serving with the United States Navy during WWII, and later returned to complete his high school education. Following graduation George attended Ripon College and Law School at UW Madison. He and Nancy Emerich were united in marriage in Merrill, July 20, 1957. George began his law career and had his own law office in Merrill and proudly served a wide variety of clients for over 50 years. His work included serving as City Attorney for the City of Merrill, serving on the Lincoln County Bank Board of Directors, and attorney for Holy Cross Hospital for many years. He served as court commissioner for the Lincoln County Circuit Court and served on the Board of Governors for the State Bar of Wisconsin. He was a life-long member of the former St. Robert's and St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. He was a member of the Old Timers Club, 31 Club, Silver "M" Club, Yeti Club, Lincoln Stock Club, Merrill Historical Society, and was a founder of the downtown coffee club. George was a wonderful husband, father and papa, and always had time for his family. He was an avid sports fan, with the Packers, Badgers and Blue Jays topping his list. He enjoyed his time as a private pilot and showing Brittany Spaniels. His true passion was being outdoors, including hunting, fishing, spending time at the cabin in Newood and cottage in Harrison Hills. Survivors include: wife: Nancy, 5 children: Lyndon (Debra) Russell; Round Lake Beach, IL, and their children, George and Lyndon, Leah (George) Hoedeman; Eden Prairie, MN, and their children, Alexis and Ryan, Robert Russell; Merrill, and his children, Kylie and Eric, Paul (Kati) Russell, Madison and their son, Nick, Kathryn (Robert) Klinter, Green Bay, and their children, Emily and Ben, Two sisters-in-law: Jan Russell, Merrill and Joanne Honburg, La Habra, CA George was preceded in death by his parents, Laurence and Mildred Russell, 3 brothers Phillip, Richard and Robert Russell, and daughter-in-law: Kim Russell. Visitation will be Thursday April 12, from 4-8pm at Waid Funeral Home, and again Friday April 13, from 9:30-10:30 am at the funeral home. Funeral Mass will be 11 am Friday at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Fr. Mike McLain will officiate with entombment to follow at Merrill Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to the Merrill Historical Society or the Merrill Silver "M" Club. The Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com