Russell, Gary

Gary R. Russell, 66, of Lyons, Ohio, died Dec. 23, 2016, at Defiance In-Patient Hospice Center, Defiance, Ohio.

Gary was born Oct. 4, 1950, in Hudson, Mich., to Albert G and Viola (Kintner) Russell. After graduating from Morenci Area High School in 1969, he served his country in the Air Force from 1973 to 1981. On May 5, 1973, he married Stephanie First at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Adrian, Mich.  

Gary worked at the former Morenci Rubber Products plant. He was a member of the Morenci American Legion, a fan of University of Michigan sports teams and a NASCAR fan. Gary also enjoyed working on his family genealogy.

Survivors include his wife, Stephanie; siblings, Carolyn Schermerhorn of LaGrange, Ind., Charles Russell of Waldron, Mich., Keith (and Juanita) Russell of Jacksonville, Fla., Tommy (and Lisa) Russell of Blissfield, Mich.; his brother-in-law, Patrick First of Weston, Mich., and sisters-in-law, Diana First of Weston and Kathleen Strech of Morenci; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Richard “Ricky” Russell.

​Funeral services are planned at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 29, at Wagley Funeral Home, Adrian. Burial will follow at Ogden Township Cemetery. Visitation is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. prior to the service. Memorial contributions are suggested to the family.