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Earl O. "Junior" Russell Jr.


With great sorrow Earl O. "Junior" Russell Jr., 79 of Burlington, died Thursday, September 17, 2015 at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo surrounded by his loving wife and children.  

Junior was born on April 4, 1936 in Clarendon Township to Earl and Ethel Russell.  He graduated from Tekonsha High School in 1954.  On January 28, 1956 he married the love of his life, Wauneta B. Knapp in Burlington.

Junior started Russell's Country Store in Battle Creek in1961 "between the cornfields and the pasture" which is still operated by his family today.  Along with running the store, he farmed his whole life raising cattle and crops.  He was in the Silver Spur Riders Club and the Battle Creek Pony Association competing with his Shetland pony team, Tony and Jerry; later he enjoyed his draft horses Duke and Dan and for several years took part in the Prairieville Farm Days and horse pulls at the county fair.  As a seasonal member of Tri-Lake Trails Campgrounds, he enjoyed camping, spending time with family and friends.  Junior was an avid lover of music and dancing, loved hearing Wauneta's accordion and swinging her around the dance floor.  He was also a member of the Model A Ford Museum at Gilmores and the Crank and Throttle Club of Olivet.  Besides his family, Junior's main pride was restoring his1955 Chevrolet cars.  He even hauled them to Florida so he and Wauneta could enjoy them, taking them to car shows in the winter.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years Wauneta of Burlington; children, Cindy (Ron) Bowman of Bedford, Rick (Mary) Russell of Marshall, Judy (Greg Karns) of Marshall, Sharon (Tom) Musselman of New Port Richey, Florida, and Earl "Bumper" (Noel) Russell of Bellevue; 10 grandchildren;11 great-grandchildren; brothers Donald Russell and Lloyd Russell.  He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter Cathleen; and a grandson Tyler Rapp.

Visitation will take place at the Kempf Family Funeral Homes, Marshall Chapel, 723 US 27 North, on Monday September, 21, 2015 from 2-8pm with family present to greet friends from 2-4pm and 6-8pm.  Funeral services celebrating his life will take place at 11am on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at the Kempf Family Funeral Homes Marshall Chapel with Junior's grandson Pastor Josh Maurer officiating.  Interment will follow at Lyon Lake Cemetery.  Family will gather with friends following the committal services at the Kempf Funeral Home Marshall Chapel Reception Hall.  Memorial contributions in Junior's memory can be made to a .  Leave a personal message for the family and sign the online guest book at www.kempffuneralhome.com 

Published in Battle Creek Enquirer on Sept. 20, 2015
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