October 29, 1919 - July 21, 2016
Samuel M. Russell (96) of Urbana, Ohio, passed away in the Springfield Medical Center at Springfield Regional Hospital on July 21st, 2016. Born on October 29, 1919, in Meigs County, Ohio, son of Samuel Michael Russell, Sr. and Jessie Florence Russell (nee Archer), “Sammy” was a graduate of Rutland High School and attended Ohio University, after which he married his high school sweetheart, Mary B. Russell (nee McKnight).
Sam was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters and four brothers, his mother-in-law, Elsie McKnight, his beloved wife, and his daughter, Sharon Davidson. A wonderful and loving father and grandfather, Sam is survived by his children and their spouses, Michael and Teresa Russell, Shelley Russell and Steve Oates, Timothy Russell and Melissa Owens, and his grandchildren and their spouses, Derek S. Davidson and Karen Sabo, Kyle J. Davidson and Noel Fonseca, Chad Russell, Sam Russell, Glory Russell-Parks, Mary Davidson, Rachel Sabo-Hedges.
Sam Russell will be remembered with love and gratitude by those whose lives he touched. Sam earned his pilot instructor’s license at the age of 21. In 1941 he taught Warren Grimes to fly and became the first company pilot for Grimes Manufacturing Company. From 1942 thru 1945 Sammy instructed British and American pilots at Lodwick School of Aviation, in Florida. He returned to Urbana and served as the Airport Manager at Grimes Field from 1945 to 1948. Sammy later became the Production Manager at Plastic Research Products in Urbana. He retired in 1984.
A good friend to many and a proud member of the community, Sam was a member of the Urbana Country Club, the United Methodist Church, the Toastmasters and the Lions Club. Sam was a skilled golfer and an avid fisherman, a loyal fan of the Urbana H.S. Hillclimbers, and a devoted OSU Buckeye fan.
A memorial service will be held to celebrate the life of Sam Russell at VERNON FUNERAL HOME in Urbana, Ohio on Sunday, July 24th, 2016, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation in memory of Mary Russell, or to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.vernonfh.com.
Dear Kyle and Noel,
I am so sorry for your loss. I will keep you both in my thoughts and prayers.
So sorry to hear about the passing of Papaw. Sending our heartfelt condolences to the family.