James Russell

August 30, 1946 - June 26, 2015

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015 1:00 PM

James “J.D.” Russell, 68, of Urbana, passed away, Friday, June 26, 2015 in the OSU Medical Center, Columbus. He was born August 30, 1946 in Columbus, Ohio.

He was a graduate of West Liberty Salem High School. J.D. served his country in the United States Air Force during Vietnam. He retired after 28 years as a truck driver working at Urbana Cartage and ABF Trucking. He attended Myrtle Tree Baptist Church and also attended Bethel Baptist Church in Bradenton, FL. He loved spending time with his family; his family was his life.

He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years Polly (Pencil) Russell; his mother Eunice (Harsh) Russell; his sons Jay Russell of Urbana and John (Pam) Russell of Cable; his sister Patti (Bob) Hawkes; his grandchildren, Jackie (Quintin) Neidhardt, Heidi Russell, Emily (Dario) Steele, Leanna, James and Joni Russell; his great grandson Dominic Steele; his uncle Glenn (Juanita) Harsh; and his several nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews, including 2 special nieces Jessica (Hayes) Ruiz-Bueno and Sarah (Hayes) Badgett.

He was preceded in death by his father, James E. Russell.

Graveside services will be held at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at Concord Cemetery, Urbana with Pastor Bob Plummer officiating. Services are entrusted to VERNON FUNERAL HOME, Urbana. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.vernonfh.com.


Janet Mcconnell - Jul 2, 2015

So sorry to hear about J D . He was a very nice man . I have known JD and Polly since grade school. A most devoted couple. So sorry for your loss .

Rebecca (Frost) Grohowski - Jul 1, 2015

Polly, I was shocked and saddened to hear of J.D.’s passing. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. May God give you comfort and strength during this trying time. 105

Elaine Lininger - Jul 1, 2015

Polly, so very sorry for your loss. You have my deepest sympathy. Prayers to you and your family for healing comfort through this difficult time.

Gretta Parrotta - Jul 1, 2015

Polly and family,
So very sorry to hear about JD’s passing and the difficult road everyone endured. This gentle and caring man, whom I have known for too short a time, will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of deep sorrow.

Rita McGowen Woodard - Jun 30, 2015

I met JD first from my older brother Russell McGowen. Russell always had one of the Kingscreek boys in my Dad’s shop showing them how to work on engines or whatever.
JD went to West Liberty Salem High School and our class just had our 50 year reunion. We all missed seeing JD there.
My condolences to his family.

Leila McGowen Glidden - Jun 30, 2015

Haven’t heard about JD for a long time. He was a friend of my brother – Russell McGowen – for a while and graduated with my sister Rita McGowen Woodard. He was a good person. So sorry for your loss.

Jocelyne Gosselin - Jun 30, 2015

To Polly and Family,
I’m so sorry for your loss; my heart goes out to you and your family during this very sad time. I will pray for you. I will miss JD the big “Teddy Bear” too…

Greg Shirk - Jun 29, 2015

Jay and family,
I would like to express my deep and sincere condolences on the passing of your father, Jay you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
God Bless,
Greg Shirk

Charlie &Susie Brown - Jun 28, 2015

Sorry to hear of your loss. Take comfort in knowing he is at peace. The world has lost a good man but heaven has gained a great angel. He will now be looking down over you to keep you safe.

Hazel Propst - Jun 27, 2015

Polly so sorry to hear this.
Sending love to the whole family.
He was a great man to have known and I will always remember him. Prayers Hazel Propst

Tammy Vernon - Jun 27, 2015

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