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Ernie Russell

Modified: Monday, Sep 16th, 2013

Ernie Russell
EARLVILLE - Ernie Russell, 95, of Earlville died Sept. 13, 2013 at Stonecroft Village Retirement Community in Mendota.

Funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church, 221 Union St., Earlville with Rev. Thomas Otto officiating. Burial will be at St. Theresa Catholic Cemetery, Earlville. Visitation is from 3 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 16 at the church with a prayer service at 7:45 p.m. Pallbearers will be his grandsons, Tim Tuftie, Brian Fox, Tom Spears, Doug Russell, Barry Russell, Kevin Bomstad, Ryan Bomstad, Adam Bomstad and T.J. Russell.

Mr. Russell was born May 6, 1918 in Lebanon, Ky. to David and Blanche (Hughes) Russell.

He was married to three wives, Matilda Mills, Dora Whitlock and Genrose Bailey. They preceded him in death.

Survivors include four sons, Robert (Susan) Russell of Pontiac, Pat (Jane) Russell of Earlville, Gregg (Cindy) Russell of Pontiac and Jeff (Darcy) Russell of Palos Hills; seven daughters, Rusty (Mary Agnes) Russell of Chicago, Ernestine (Gerry) Tuftie of Flanagan, Anna (Charlie) Svendsen of Earlville, Rita Fox of Chicago, Joan (Perk) Perkins of Earlville, Debbie (John) Spears of Tucson, Ariz. and Robyn (Don) Bomstad of Earlville; 24 grandchildren; 48 great grandchildren; two great great grandchildren; three sisters, Virginia Heustis and Margaret Ann (Shorty) Wheeler, both of Kentucky, and Anna Catherine “Toots” Badgett of Ohio; numerous nieces, nephews and some cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wives; three brothers, Melvin, Joe and James “Buddy”; one sister, Mary Ola “Sis” Vessells; one grandson, Jeffrey Scott Russell Jr.; two great grandchildren, Hadley Jo Bomstad and Maci Jo Russell; and one son-in-law, Ron Fox.

Mr. Russell was a member of St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church in Earlville. He worked at Wurlitzer Piano Factory for 35 years until it closed. Ernie and Dora owned and operated Russell’s A & W Root Beer Drive-In in Earlville. He helped Don Hanley at Hanley Funeral Home for several years. He enjoyed refinishing furniture, working for local farmers, raising his large family and spending time with his grand, great and great great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the donor’s choice. Arrangements were entrusted to Hanley-Turner-Eighner Funeral Home in Earlville. For more information or to sign the online guest book, go to www.EighnerFuneralHomes.com.

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