Hart, Russell

Written by David Green.

Russell Neal Hart, 88, of Morenci, Mich., died Feb. 4, 2008, at Provincial House in Adrian.

He was born Sept. 7, 1919, in Tecumseh, Mich., the son of Harold and Caroline (Heck) Hart. He married Helen Durjan on April 21, 1943, in Morenci, and she preceded him in death June 23, 2007.

Russell moved to Morenci in the 1930s. He was employed at Parker Rust Proofing for 37 years, retiring in 1981.

He served as a corporal in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was proud to have survived the Battle of the Bulge where he was a 90mm anti-aircraft gunner. He was a member of the Morenci American Legion Post #368, the Morenci Kiwanis Club and the Morenci United Methodist Church.

Russell is survived by two daughters, Barbara (and Ken) Vallieu of Hillsdale, Mich., and Esther (and Tom) Gilbert of Onsted, Mich.; one son, Roger (and Lisa) Hart of Tecumseh, Mich.; nine grandchildren, Brian (and Mary) Vallieu of Midland, Mich., Kristin (and Geoff) Malosh of Pittsburgh, Pa., Matt (and Beth) Girdham of Bollingbrook, Ill., Joline Girdham of Bollingbrook, Ill., Jeff (and Kay) Gilbert of Onsted, Joe (and Rachelle) Gilbert, Jeremy Gilbert, Sarah Hart and Anneka Hart, all of Tecumseh; four great-grandchildren; two sisters, Louise Godfrey of Wolverine, Mich., and Donelda (and Harold) Potts of Prattville, Mich.; and one brother, Harold Hart of Boulder, Colo.

Besides his wife, Russell was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter; two great-granddaughters; two sisters, Eleanor Pilbeam and Hazel Hunt; and five brothers, Edwin, David, Donald, Richard and Earl Hart.

Funeral services are scheduled at 1 p.m. Thursday at Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci with Rev. William VanValkenburg and Rev. Rich Burstall officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci,

Visitation is scheduled from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Lenawee or the Rex Riley Scholarship Fund.

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    STEP BY STEP—Wyatt Stevens of Morenci makes his way across a rope bridge Sunday during the Michigan DNR’s Great Outdoors Jamboree at Lake Hudson Recreation Area. The Tecumseh Boy Scout Troop constructed the bridge again this year after taking a break in 2016. The Jamboree offered a variety of activities for a wide range of age groups. Morenci’s Stair District Library set up activities again this year and had visits with dozens of kids. See the back page for additional photos.
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    LEADING THE WAY—The Morenci Area High School marching band led the way across the pedestrian bridge on Morenci’s south side for the annual Labor Day Bridge Walk. The Band Boosters shared profits from the sale of T-shirts with the walk’s sponsor, the Morenci Area Chamber of Commerce. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    LOOKING UP—More than 200 people showed up at Stair District Library Monday afternoon to view the big celestial event with free glasses provided by a grant from the Space Science Institute. The library offered craft activities from noon to 1 p.m., refreshments including Cosmic Cake from Zingerman’s Bakehouse and a live viewing of the eclipse from NASA on a large screen. As the sky darkened slightly, more and more people moved outside to the sidewalk to take a look at the shrinking sun. If you missed it, hang on for the next total eclipse in 2024 as the path comes even closer to this area.
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    TAKE A BREAK—Last Wednesday’s session of Stair District Library’s Summer Reading Program ended with a quiet period in a class presented by yoga instructor Melany Gladieux of Toledo. Children learned a variety of yoga poses in the main room at the library, then finished off the session relaxing. Additional photos are on page 7. Area children are invited to visit the library today when the Michigan Science Center presents a flight program at 11 a.m. and roller coasters at 1 p.m.
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    THE DERBY—Tyler “Smallpox” Flakne of Minnesota’s Home Run League All-Stars goes for the fence Friday night during the National Wiffle League Association’s home run derby in Morenci. This year the wiffleball national tournament moved from Dublin, Ohio, to Morenci’s Wakefield Park. During the derby, competitors had two minutes to hit as many home runs as possible. The winner this year finished with 21. See page 6 and 7 for additional photos.
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    OUT OF THIS WORLD—Elizabeth McFadden and Elise Christle pose in front of the green screen as VolunTeen Noah Gilson makes them appear as though they are standing on the Moon. More photos from the Stair District Library’s NASA @ My Library program are on page 12.
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    FIREWORKS erupt Saturday night over Morenci’s Wakefield Park during the waning hours of the Town and Country Festival. Additional festival photos are inside.
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