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Russell, John William
90, of Phoenix, AZ passed away on November 29, 2015. John was born May 18, 1925, in Arcola, Illinois, to Theodore and Beatrice Ellis Russell. The eldest, he often led his brothers, Ted and Jerry, in mischief and misadventures on the family farm. In 1958, he and his young family followed Jerry to Phoenix, where he worked in farming, roofing, demolition, and finally as a large equipment mechanic. He was an elder in his congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses. He loved playing dominoes and cards, telling jokes, and was an expert at working the Rubic's Cube. John is survived by daughters Darlene Oakley, Sherry Jameson and Laura Posson, son-in-law Doug Posson, step-son Cliff Fleck, grandsons Chris Oakley, Erik Jameson and Ian Jameson, granddaughter-in-law Stephanie Jameson, great-grandsons Korbyn and Caleb, and sister-in-law Betty J. Russell. John loved his many nieces and nephews, and was especially grateful to Sue Thomas for her loving care. The family wishes to thank Zamfira (Dee) and George Magda of Magda's Family Home Care for their help and kindness. A memorial will be held December 3 at 5:30 PM at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 12470 N 33rd Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85029. A private memorial will also be held.

Published in The Arizona Republic on Dec. 2, 2015
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