Russell Bethel

Russell A. Bethel

CHILLICOTHE: Russell A. Bethel, 85, of Chillicothe, died 3:00 a.m. Thursday, June 19, 2014 in the Adena Regional Medical Center following an extended illness.

He was born July 30, 1928, in Chillicothe, to the late James L. and Leota M. Richter Bethel. On February 6, 1954, he married the former Lavonne E. Park who died April 8, 2004.

Surviving are a son, David L. (Barbara) Bethel, of Chillicothe; a daughter, Lisa A. (Robert) Conatser, of Athens; grandchildren, Emily Bethel, Alex (Tiffany) Conatser and Shawn Conatser; and brothers, William D. (Deloris) Bethel, Earl Bethel and Walter (Regina) Bethel, all of Chillicothe. He was predeceased by a brother, Charles L. Bethel and a sister, Margaret McCoy.

Russell served in the United States Army during the Korean War. He was a retired shoemaker. Russell was a member of Scioto Lodge #6 F&AM.

Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Monday, June 23, 2014 in the WARE FUNERAL HOME with Adena Hospice Chaplain Bruce Hines officiating. Burial will follow in Twin Township Cemetery where military graveside rites will be conducted by the Ross County Veterans Honor Guard. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Ware's where a Masonic Service will be held at 7 p.m.

You may sign his online register at

Funeral Home

Ware Funeral Home - Chillicothe
121 West Second Street Chillicothe, OH 45601
(740) 773-2134

Published in the Chillicothe Gazette on June 20, 2014