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William P. Russell, 92, of Washington, Indiana, formerly of Loogootee, Indiana, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, on Sept. 17, 2017, in Washington. He was born May 19, 1925, in Orleans, Indiana, to Paul and Ida (Moffet) Russell. He married Leona Edmonson Russell and after her passing, he married Nina Ruth Gerard Thompson Russell.
William was a U.S. Army World War II veteran and then worked at Crane until his retirement in 1981. He was a member of the Berea Mennonite Church and the Loogootee American Legion. William enjoyed tinkering in his garden, doing outside yard work, spending time with his family and listening to old country music. He loved his dog, Copper.
Survivors include two sons, Thomas (Amy) Russell of Washington and Billy Russell of Loogootee; one daughter, Cindy (Butch) Bridges of Bedford; two stepdaughters, Melody (Don) Leatherman of Williams and Linda Thompson of Loogootee; stepson Gary Thompson of Florida; sister Ruthie Burlington of Orleans; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
William is preceded in death by his parents; first wife Leona Russell; second wife Nina Russell; infant son Brian Russell; daughter Rita Russell; brothers Gene, Roy and Manson Russell; sisters Betty Edmonson, Catherine Compton and May Russell.
Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, at Berea Mennonite Church in Cannelburg, with Pastor Eddie Graber officiating. William will be laid to rest in Goodwill Cemetery in Loogootee, following military graveside rites by Odon VFW and the Army Honor Guard.
Family and friends may call from 9 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the church.
Memorial contributions may be made to Meng Family Funeral Home to help the family with expenses. Envelopes will be available at the church.
All arrangements have been entrusted to James W. Meng Jr. and Meng Family Funeral Home in Odon. Online condolences may be sent to www.mengfuneralhome.com.
Published on September 18, 2017
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