Jerry E. Russell - SAVANNAH - Jerry E. Russell, 70, passed away on Thursday, February 28, 2013 at Hospice Savannah, Inc. He was born in Danville, Illinois, son of the late William E. and Marie Mayer Russell. He graduated from Danville High School. He then attended the University of Illinois where he graduated with a B.S. in electrical engineering. While at the university, he worked part time with a NASA research group, firing tests rockets into the ionosphere. After graduation, he moved back to Danville where he joined Hurletron Inc. as an electrical engineer. In 1973 he moved to Bloomingdale, Illinois to start a manufacturer's rep company, National Graphic Sales, Inc. He owned and operated NGS for 25 years. The company sold auxiliary equipment that went on web offset printing presses. In 1990 Jerry and Cindy became part owners of the Silver Eagle Casino Riverboat on the Mississippi in Galena, Illinois. In 1994 they retired to the Landings where he continued to invest in several business ventures in Savannah. Jerry was an avid golfer and fisherman. Surviving are his wife of 50 years, Cindy A. Russell of Savannah; daughter and son-in-law, Jamie and Chip Barbour of Newnan, Ga; son and daughter-in-law, Darin and Trini Russell of Chicago, Ill; sister and brother-in-law, Diane and Jim Urquhart of Palm Coast, Fl; grandchildren, Marcy Rose Barbour and Kenna Barbour both of Newnan, Ga. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Charles Russell. A celebration of life will be held at 5:00 p.m., Thursday, March 21, 2013 at The Landings Plantation Club, 1 Cottonwood Drive. Remembrances: Hospice Savannah, Inc., P.O. Box 13190, Savannah, Ga. 31416 or the Wounded Warrior Project in memory of Mr. Russell, 4899 Belfort Rd., Suite 300, Jacksonville, Fl. 32256. Please sign our online guestbook at www.foxandweeks.com Savannah Morning News March 10, 2013 Please sign our Obituary Guest Book at savannnahnow.com/obituaries.
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Published in Savannah Morning News on Mar. 10, 2013