Russell Lee Beaverson, 84, of Fayette, Ohio, died March 15, 2014, at Fulton Manor in Wauseon. He had sustained injuries from a fall and was under the care of Gentiva Hospice of Maumee, Ohio.
He was born May 25, 1929, in Fayette, to the late Carl and Grace (Zuvers) Beaverson. He married Beverly J. Moredock on July 30, 1997, and she survives.
Russell grew up on the family farm. He attended high school in Fayette, but graduated in Fairbanks, Alaska. In 1953, he joined the U.S. Air Force and was stationed in Fairbanks.
Following his discharge from the Air Force, Russell had a paper route and made a trip to the Fairbanks Airport each day to pick up the daily newspapers, which were flown in.
Russell took courses at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks to become a licensed certified boiler operator. He worked a two year tour on the Dew Line, a research station at Point Barrow, Alaska, which is situated on the Arctic Circle. Supplies were dropped in by air, and there were no trips off the Dew Line, except for emergencies.
While stationed at the Dew Line, Russell had a chance to hunt for polar bears and was fortunate to have gotten a prized bear. He had the hide tanned and made into a rug, although it was never used for that purpose.
Russell eventually returned to Ohio. With his boiler license he found work at Ford Motor Plant in Wayne, Mich., and lived in Westland, Mich. After a few years a position became available at the Maumee Ford Stamping Plant, and Russell transferred to Maumee and made his home in Swanton, Ohio. He retired from Ford Motor Company with more than 30 years of service.
Following retirement, he and his wife moved to Manistee, Mich., where he enjoyed fishing the nearby rivers. They eventually returned to Fayette, where Russell enjoyed watching the birds and animals visit his pond. He enjoyed farming with his father, and one of his greatest pastimes was searching for and restoring old tractors.
Russell was a member of the American Legion in Wauseon, the Zenobia Shriners in Toledo, Ohio, and the Masonic Lodge and Order of Eastern Star in Wauseon. He was a member of the Fayette Christian Church-Disciples and served on the board for the Evelyn and Ronald Wirick Foundation.
In addition to his wife, Russell is survived by a son, Matthew (and Michele) Beaverson, a granddaughter, Maia, and a grandson, Miles, all of Mechanicsville, Va; five sisters, Doris Leininger of Waldron, Mich.; Carol Pfund of Wauseon; Mary (and Ralph) Ferris of Morenci, Mich.; Mabel (and Chuck) Hudson of Delta, Ohio; and Glenda (and Lawrence) Towers of Fayette; a brother, Roger (and Brenda) Beaverson of Belle Center, Ohio; and 27 nieces and nephews.
Funeral services are scheduled at 11 a.m. today (Wednesday) at Fayette Christian Church-Disciples in Fayette with Pastor Gene Sugg officiating. Interment with Military Rites conducted by the Fulton County Honor Guard will follow in Lauber Hill Cemetery near Pettisville. Visitation is scheduled at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Fayette Christian Church-Disciples, Lauber Hill Cemetery Fund or the Zenobia Shrine.
Arrangements were handled by Eagle Funeral Home-Barrett Chapel in Fayette.