Raymond M. Russell, 84, of Galion, died Sunday morning, June 8, 2014 at Signature Health Care of Galion after failing health.
Born in South Woodbury, Ohio January 26, 1930, he was the son of William and Roby (McPeek) Russell. He married Carolyn (Cox) Russell June 19, 1955 and she survives.
Known to many as Captain Russell from his many years on the Galion Fire Department where he retired in 1982 after 33 years. During his early years on the Fire Department, he worked part-time at Bob Stowe Motors until September 1969 when he founded Galion Fire Appliances, which he owned and operated many years with his wife, Carolyn and sons at his side until retiring in 2010. He served with the United States Army
during the Korean Conflict
. Captain Russell was a long-time member of First United Church of Christ and served on the Building Committee. He was also a member of American Legion Scarbrough Post 243, the Galion Moose Lodge 303 and Galion Lodge 414 Free and Accepted Masons.
In addition to his wife of 59 years, Carolyn, he is also survived by sons, Dennis (Carla) Russell and Greg (Karen Coble) Russell; grandchildren, Tony (Crystal) Russell, Kaylee Russell and Tyson Russell; great-grandchildren, Aydian and Harmony Russell, all of Galion; brothers, Larry (Beverly) Russell of Lexington and Jerry (Darlene) Russell of Ontario; a sister, Rosella (Marvin) Gower of Butler and a sister-in-law, Mae Dunn of Mansfield.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Edd Russell.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at Snyder Funeral Home Richardson Davis Chapel, 218 S. Market Street, Galion. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 12 at First United Church of Christ, 248 Harding Way West, Galion with Rev. Katherine Beckett and his nephew, Pastor James Oates officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery. Full military graveside honors will be conducted by the United States Army and the Galion/Crestline Veterans Military Funeral Detail.
Memorial contributions may be made to Galion Fire Department for Fire Safety Education for Children or to First United Church of Christ in care of Snyder Funeral Home Richardson Davis Chapel in Galion.
Snyder Funeral Home Richardson Davis Chapel in Galion is honored to serve the Raymond Russell family, and condolences may be made to them at www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.