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Robert "Bob" Russell

December 8, 1930 — June 6, 2017

Robert "Bob" Russell

ROBERT DEAN "BOB" RUSSELL, 86 of Decatur, IL passed away at 6:05 A.M. on Tuesday, June 06, 2017 at Decatur Memorial Hospital.

At Mr. Russell's request no services will be held.

Bob was born on December 8, 1930 in Decatur, IL. He was a son of Robert Harold and Helen Gladys (Hoffhein) Russell. He married Carol Virginia Rush on October 22, 1949 in Decatur, IL. She passed away on January 13, 2008.

He is survived by three children, Marsha Jo Allen and her husband Paul of Vero Beach, FL, Marla Kaye Chase and her husband Scott of Dover, DE, and Jeffrey Robert Russell and his wife Gloria of Decatur, IL, 10 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, 7 great-great-grandchildren, and one sister Diane Sommers husband James.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Carol Russell, brothers, Jack Russell and Larry Russell, and 2 granddaughters.

He was a member of the Rock Hounds where he cut and polished gems.

Bob retired from Caterpillar Tractor Company in November of 1988 as a Factory Material Control man with over 34 years of service. He also served as Union Steward for the Local 751.


He enjoyed gardening, flowers, looking for Indian Artifacts and cutting and polishing gemstones.

A special Thank you to our "sister", Gloria Russell, for all of your special care. Also thank you to Symphony Nursing Home Nurses on 5th Floor, and DMH 4th floor Nurses and to Dr. (Has) H. Idangodage for all of your GREAT care.


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