George W. Russell (1918 - 2012)

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  • "We were so sorry to hear of the loss of your loved one...."
    - The Paugh Family
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George W. Russell, 94, of 151 N. 15th St., passed away Friday (June 8, 2012) in his home, under the care of his loving family.
Born Feb. 10, 1918, in Burndale, he was the son of George and Mabel Kellogg Russell. On June 14, 1947, at St. John's Church in Olean, he married Dorothy Paugh, who predeceased him Dec. 1, 1996.
Mr. Russell was a graduate of the Burndale High School and later served as a short-wave radio operator in the U.S. Navy during World War II. In 1948, he attended barber school and began his apprenticeship to Oelkrue's Barbershop. He worked in Dunshie's Barbershop, formerly Estes Barbershop, until he was 67 when the shop closed. He continued cutting hair until early this year.
He spent many enjoyable hours in the company of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He had been an avid fisherman all of his life and he enjoyed gardening and woodworking. His enthusiasm for the sport of fishing extended into the hobbies of fly-tying and building fishing poles.
Surviving are two daughters, Kathy (Robert) Cochran of Smethport, Pa., and Jamie (Karl) Wyant of Olean; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two sisters, Eleanor Pearson and Anita Bowersox; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by three brothers, John Willis Russell, John "Jack" Russell and David Russell; and five sisters, Gertrude Gardner, Allene Thompson, Lucille Miglicio, Rita Mae Ross and Christine Ayers.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Casey, Halwig & Hartle Funeral Home, 3128 W. State Road, Olean. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. Pastor Doty McIntyre of the Creekside Chapel in Allegany will officiate. Burial will be in St. Bonaventure Cemetery with full military honors being accorded by the Allegany American Legion Ritual Team.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to Homecare and Hospice, 1225 W. State St., Olean, N.Y. 14760.
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Published in The Bradford Era from June 11 to June 18, 2012
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