Longtime Alaska resident, Russell Edward Bingham, died in his Eagle River residence on August 23, 2014. Evening visitation for Mr. Russell E. Bingham will take place on Thursday, August 28th from 6-8 p.m., at Witzleben Legacy Funeral Home, located at 1707 S. Bragaw Street. A service will be held at this same location on Friday, August 29th at 1:30 p.m., followed by a burial at Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery. Mr. Bingham was born in St. Francis, Kansas on February 7, 1931, and grew up in Cut Bank, Montana. He graduated from Cut Bank High School in 1948, enlisting in the U.S. Marines that same year. Russell married his wife, Rosella Buell Bingham, on August 29, 1953, his wife of 53 years until her death in October 2006. They had two children and moved throughout the country to various military duty stations until his retirement in October 1971. In 1956 Mr. Bingham attended the U.S. Naval School in Indian Head, Maryland and graduated with the designation of Explosive Ordinance Disposal Technician. Mr. Bingham served in the Korean War and Vietnam during his career with the Marines, retiring with the rank of Gunnery Sergeant. The Binghams moved to Alaska in October 1971, after which Mr. Bingham was hired as an Airport Police Officer at the Anchorage International Airport in February 1973 and supervised all EOD and bomb threat incidents. Mr. Bingham retired from the Airport Police in October 1987. Mr. Bingham was honored by the International Association of Bomb Technicians & Investigators with a Distinguished Service Award in 1981. In retirement, Mr. Bingham provided private consultation services to various oil field and pipeline companies while he pursued personal interests that included gun collecting, coin collecting and genealogy research. His family writes, "Russell was a dedicated husband, father and grandfather. He was extremely proud of his military service and time as an Alaska State Trooper. His work ethic, determination and personal ethics made him a great role model for all that knew him." Mr. Bingham is survived by his two children, LeRoy Bingham of Billings, Mt. and Valerie Kimball of Port Orchard, WA, 8 grandchildren, Lindsey Dixon of Wasilla, AK, Amanda McVey of Anchorage Alaska, Russell Brunelle and Elizabeth Narath of Port Orchard, WA, Dyani and Asia Bingham, Katyra Baker of Billings, MT and Kevin Johns of Seattle WA and 13 great grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Russell & Rosella Bingham to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation at www.bcrfcure.org. Arrangements entrusted to Legacy Witzleben Funeral Home. To share words of comfort with the family please visit legacyalaska.com.
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Published in Alaska Dispatch News on Aug. 28, 2014