July 31, 1940 - May 15, 2019

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019 11:00 AM Vernon Funeral Home


Visitation Monday, May 20, 2019 from 4:00 PM-7:00 PM at Vernon Funeral Home

Michael E. "Mick" Russell, 78, of Urbana, a lifelong resident of Champaign County, passed away on Wednesday, May 15, 2019.
Mick was born July 31, 1940 in Mingo, Ohio the son of the late Edward & Roberta (Huddleston) Russell. He graduated from Urbana Local High School and was the 1958 FFA State Degree Recipient. He served in the Army National Guard.
He was a devoted member of the Urbana United Methodist Church where he served as an usher. He was a member of the Harmony Lodge # 8 F. & A. M. for 47 years.
Farming was his career and his way of life. He was a member of the Ohio Farm Bureau, Ohio Corn and Wheat Association, American Soybean Association, Champaign County Premium Grain Growers; and Mick also served on the Landmark Board and the Pioneer Electric Board. He was awarded the Rotary Club Farmer of the Year in 2014.
Mick enjoyed bowling, boating, water skiing, traveling, watching the Buckeyes and the Cincinnati Reds; most of all he enjoyed attending his children and grandchildren's sporting events.
Mick is survived by his wife of 56 yrs., Mary Kay (Neer) Russell, daughter, Amy (Matthew) Sullivan, son, Andrew (Andrea) Russell, grandchildren; Thomas and Brookelynn Russell, Caleb and Timothy Sullivan; brother, Merrell D. "Mack" (Mary) Russell; sister, Betsy (Tim) Hofman; sister-in-law, Ruth George; and several nieces and nephews
He is preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Gerry Lynn Russell.

A gathering of family and friends will be held from 4-7 PM on Monday, May 20, 2019 in the VERNON FUNERAL HOME, Urbana. Masonic services will follow at 7 PM.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 in the funeral home with Rev. Jim Lillibridge officiating. The family will receive friends 1 hour prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Urbana United Methodist Church, 238 N Main St, Urbana, OH 43078.
Condolences may be made to the family at www.vernonfh.com


The Tim Weller family - May 21, 2019
We are very fortunate to be able to call you our friends. Mick and Mary Kay serve as wonderful examples for us to follow and all of the Russell's inspire us. We join with you in celebration of Mick's wonderful life and we hope you know that we are here to help in any way we can.
Bob and Estella Stephens - May 21, 2019
Estella and I stand with you in prayer at this most difficult time. May God's grace, peace and strength be with the family.
Susan Oliver - May 20, 2019
Mary Kay, I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our prayers. Love, Sue Oliver
Phil and Tina Cook - May 19, 2019
Are consolidated to your family.
Neal & Elizabeth Lauron - May 18, 2019
We are so saddened to hear about Mick's passing. We will miss seeing him at athletic events at the school. Please accept our sincere condolences. We are praying for all of you during this most difficult time.
Barry Dunham - May 18, 2019
Mary K. and Andy- I am so terribly sorry for your loss. My heart bleeds for your whole family and also for this community. Mick was such an outstanding citizen of the community. His beautiful smile and ever present kind words will be so terribly missed. He was such a great neighbor and I believe there is no one in this area who was more dedicated to his livelihood on the farm and his love for champaign county. God rest your soul Mick.
Dale Scheiderer - May 18, 2019
I was so sorry to hear about this. I don't think Mick knew me but I knew him as a friendly farm face whenever I saw him, and I know he served faithfully on the Champaign Landmark board a while back. My prayers are with all of you and may God give you peace as you move forward with great memories of Mick.
Sharon Jenkins (Strawsburg) - May 18, 2019
Mary Kay, I'm so sorry for your loss! Mick was your rock so it will be difficult. We'll be out of town or would be there for you. Let me know if I can help with anything.
Tootie Thurman - May 17, 2019
Mary Kay & family I am so sorry to hear about Mick my prayers are with each & everyone of you you all were such great neighbors mat God give you comfort at this time
Mark and Sue Fuller - May 17, 2019
We are broken-hearted about your loved one’s sudden passing. May the comfort of God and the support of family & friends sustain you during your season of grief. Be assured of our love and prayerful support.
Debra Tolley - May 17, 2019
I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers are with you. I will greatly miss chatting with Mick at CPGG meetings. He was a wonderful man.
Tami Maurice - May 17, 2019
I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to your entire family during this difficult time.
JoAnne Jones - May 17, 2019
What a wonderfully kind man. Thinking of your family, so very sorry for your loss.
Nancy and Bill Anderson - May 16, 2019
Hugs and prayers for the family at this difficult time!. So sorry for your loss.
Holly Hartzler Walton - May 16, 2019
My prayers are with you and your family in this most difficult time. May you find strength in the memories you have. God Bless

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