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Raymond E. Russell

Published December 12,2016

Obituary's Biography:

Raymond Edward John Russell, 76, of Grayslake, peacefully passed away Sunday, December 11, 2016 in Condell Hospital surrounded by his loving family.  He was born in Clinton, IA, September 1940 to Earl and Mary (nee: Gorzny) Russell.  Ray attended St. Gilbert Church in Grayslake, where he also had attended his elementary education.  Ray and his brothers had once owned Russell Brothers Service Station, Grayslake, where he enthusiastically did his mechanics and snowplowing, he loved his work!  Ray was a quiet and gentle man; he didn’t tell you how to live, his family fondly watched him do it.  Ray spent much of his time remodeling and/or constructing additions to his home/vacation homes as well as helping others in this way.  Ray’s love for Finley and Weyerhaeuser, WI could only be matched with his love for his sons, family, and friends.  Ray was preceded in death by his parents, two beloved infant sons, his brothers Ken, David, and his stepbrother Glenn, two precious infant grandchildren, and beloved daughter-in-law, Karen (Rick) Russell.  Ray is survived by his beloved wife of 56 years, Shirleyann (nee: Stenzel); sons Raymond, Ronald (Danette Langkamp), Rick, and Ryan (Kimberly Burns).  His grandchildren, Adam Russell; Rebecca (Keith) Williams, Renee, Ronny, and Ryland Russell; Brittany and Anthony Russell; Alex, Grayson, Benjamin, Ashley, Harley, and Ivy Russell.  His great-grandchildren, Braelyn and Autumn Williams; Ryder and Rylan Russell.  His brothers Bob and Duane Russell; his sister, Cathy (Mary) Butts; many beloved nieces and nephews; and his best friend Bill (Dianne) Samec.  His Stenzel sisters-in-law Elizabeth Sladek, Valerie (Dave) Nyre, Dorothy (Philippe) Brainos, Rachel Watson, Patricia (Brandon) Olinger, and Therese (Mike) Wisdom.  His brothers-in-law Paul, Robert, Richard, and Larry Stenzel.  A memorial visitation will be held on Friday, December 16, 2016 from 4:00pm until 8:00pm at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030.  A visitation and resurrection mass will be from 10:00am until 11:00am with the mass commencing at 11:00am on Saturday, December 17, 2016 at St. Gilbert Church 301 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030.  For more information please contact (847)223-8122 or log onto www.strangfuneral.org.

5 replies on “Raymond E. Russell”

  1. Shirley & family, I am so sorry to hear of Rays passing. Our families thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time.

  2. Danette and family-

    I am sorry to hear of his passing. I know how fond you are of him and how your entire family will miss him dearly. Keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. Danette & Family,
    I’m thinking of you and wishing you moments of peace and comfort as you remember Ray. I was saddened to hear of your loss, and my heart goes out to you and your family during this difficult time.

  4. I was truly sorry to hear about Ray’s passing. It is always hard to see a family member pass away as so many of your family and mine as well have done over the years. I always admired the bond you and your family had over the years and how you and your family had to work together to help your mother achieve what she could. Perhaps one of these years all of us from the Forest Avenue hill crowd should tell our stories.

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