William C. Russell, 94 a resident of Manchester Presbyterian Lodge, died there on Saturday July 31, 2010. William was born in Stillwater, Okla. November 3, 1915, a son of the late Carl and Elsie (Ray) Russell. He was raised and educated in Mankato, Minn. graduating from the Mankato High School. He later graduated from Oklahoma A & M (now Oklahoma State) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. During WWII, he worked in Oakridge, Tenn., where he assisted in the development of the newest radar capabilities of that time. He later worked for General Electric in Pittsfield, Mass. and other various locations. He also worked for Chromolox in Murfreesboro, Tenn.; Electrominerals in Greenville, Tenn. and most recently had been employed by Glenn Electric Heater in Erie. He was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church and volunteered at The Chosen mission Project. William enjoyed gardening and had an extensive orchid collection. He had a love for animals, enjoyed fishing and writing computer programs. One of the highlights of his life was a trip to Nigeria in 1987 with his wife to deliver and install hospital equipment for Chosen preceding which they traveled to Kenya to view the terrain and wild animals. He was preceded in death by his wife, Hazel (Mimi) Gunstrom Russell in 2004 also a son, William C. Russell Jr., a brother, Robert Russell and a half sister Ann Russell. Survivors include his son, Peter Russell and his wife Catherine (Timmie) of Girard; a daughter in law, Evelyn Russell of Evanston, Ill.; his grandchildren, Victoria Dillon and her husband Matthew of Portland, Ore., Debra Russell of Skokie, Ill., Johanna Russell of Vanport, Pa., Dennis Russell of Girard; his great grandchildren, Christopher Dillon and Alexander Dillon of Portland, Ore. He is also survived by a niece and five nephews. No Calling Hours will be observed. Memorial Services will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Chosen Mission Project, 3638 W. 26th St., Erie, PA 16506 To send condolences visit edderfuneralhome.com Funeral Arrangements are under the direction of Daniel R. Edder Funeral Home, Girard.
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Published in the Erie Times-News on Aug. 4, 2010