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Dr. Russell Vann, 78 died peacefully at home February 25, with his loved ones present.
He was born March 4, 1935 in Melbourne Florida to Russell F. Vann Jr. and Flora Hedges Vann.
He graduated from Melbourne High School in 1953 and married his high school sweetheart Charlotte.
He graduated from Emory Dental School 2nd in his class and then served as a dentist in the Army for three years at Ft. Stewart, GA. He returned to Melbourne and opened his pediatric dental practice. He was known for his gentle nature with his patients and his ability to treat those with disabilities. He volunteered his services to the children of the Florida Children's Home. He retired in 2000.
He had a wonderful sense of humor, a genuine love for life, a passion for his family and friends, and a true gift of loving, encouraging and ministering to others. He enjoyed nature, horses, reading, history, dancing, and sports. His hobby during retirement was searching ancestry for stories of relatives from generations past. He volunteered at Harmony Farms, Big Brothers Big Sister, Hope Episcopal Church, and provided dentistry for Medicaid children. He was President of the Kiwanis Club, member of the Florida Dental Association, and the Eau Gallie Yacht Club where he enjoyed playing tennis with the same group of guys for 30 years.
He was a long time member of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church and five years ago became a member of Hope Episcopal Church at the time his daughter Reverend Debbie Vann was called to be the Rector there.
He is survived by his wife Charlotte of 60 years, daughters Debbie Vann (Marty Campbell), Terri Roosa (Rich), son Russell Vann IV (Meghan), brother John Vann, sisters Carol Ford and Kathy Vann. Grandchildren Tyler and Ian Vann-Campbell, Michael and Sean Roosa, Russell Vann V and Hunter McAndrew, Jennifer Czerwinski, Morgan Campbell, Sara Gash; five great-grandchildren and many beloved nieces, nephews and other family members.
Visitation hours will be Friday, February 28, from 5pm-7pm at Brownlie Maxwell Funeral Home. Funeral service will be Saturday, March 1, at 1:00pm at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Russell to Hope Episcopal Church or Holy Trinity Church.
Brownlie-Maxwell Funeral Home
1010 Palmetto Avenue
Melbourne, FL 32901
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