Raymond Russell

Funeral services for Raymond Lee Russell, 74, Lawrence will be held 10 a.m. Wednesday, December 14, 2011 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence.  Mr. Russell died December 9, 2011 at his home.

He was born on September 27, 1937 in Harlan County, NE the son of Robert E. and Eva Darliene (Hellerick) Russell.

Raymond was a retired iron worker and last worked for Rebar, Inc. out of Kansas City.  He belonged to Union Local 10.  He also belonged to the Antique Auto Club of Lawrence and enjoyed going to car shows.  He was a member of the Lawrence African Violet Club and the K.C. African Violet Club.  His love of African violets came from an Aunt and he liked going to conventions.  He also hybridized African violets and had many registered in his name.  He created beautiful designs for flower shows.  He was an avid gardner and was known for his home canned jalapeno’s and hot dill pickles. Raymond loved the holidays and often decorated his yard.  

He married Robin Lynn Beach on June 11, 1961 in Franklin, NE.  She preceded him in death on April 17, 2011 after almost 50 years together.

Survivors include a son, Rocky Lee Russell, Lawrence; a daughter-in-law, Jeannie Russell, Lawrence; two brothers and one sister; grandchildren, Jason, Heather, Bradley, Hailey, Joshua and one great-grandson, Jesse.

He was also preceded in death by his son, Randy Lee Russell on July 8, 2001.

The family will greet friends from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 13, 2011 at the mortuary. 

Memorial contributions may be made in his name to Raymond Russell Memorial Fund and may be sent in care of the mortuary.

8 Condolences

  1. Sue I Hill on December 12, 2011 at 11:31 am

    I am so sorry. Raymond was a good friend and I will miss him so much. We had a common interest in our beautiful African violets and loved to talk about them. Susie Hill

  2. Barbara Taswell-Miller on December 12, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    Raymond gave so much of his time and knowledge to all of us who were interested in African Violets and Streptocarpuses. I learnt so much from him,I shall miss him very much.
    Barbara Taswell-Miller

  3. Darrel Helling on December 12, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
    Darrel Helling
    former manager of Earl May Garden Center Lawrence KS

  4. Fred and Pat Inbody on December 12, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    Raymond was a friend to all and never met a stranger. He shared his interest in his flowers, show designs, woodworking and his antique cars. We will miss him.
    Fred and Pat Inbody

  5. Demelza on December 13, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    SOrry for your loss.

  6. Sheryl Henry on December 13, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    We are sorry for your loss. Raymond was a very special neighbor, gentle and kind. We only lived in the neighborhood a few years but my parent’s were neighbors for many years.
    He will be missed. Sheryl and Rodger Henry

  7. Trent on December 13, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    The Georgies would like to send their condolences to Raymond’s family and to let them know that they are keeping all in their prayers. May God Bless Raymond and May Jesus hold him tightly.

    The Georgie Family

  8. Aileen on December 14, 2011 at 6:47 am

    You got to push it-this essenital info that is!

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