JACKSONVILLE, N.C. – Bryan Andrew Russell, 6, recently of Camp Lejeune, Jacksonville, N.C., died in his sleep Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013.
He was born June 23, 2007, in DeKalb, and was the loving son of Melissa Burski (nee Mishler), wife of HM3 (FMF) Richard Burski, of Jacksonville; and Robert B Russell, husband of Ana B. Russell (nee Ortiz) of Elgin.
Bryan's favorite color was blue and he loved to dress up in his costumes and attend school. While often the leader of the pack, he also was the comedian who enjoyed making everyone laugh.~He had a way of embracing everyone and everything in his life with abandon, and he will forever be remembered for his love of family, pizza, and mac n'cheese with hotdogs, but not necessarily in that order.
Survivors include his grandparents, Mick and Karen Mishler, of Cortland, Debbie Russell, of St. Louis, Mo., and Tom and Pam Burski, of DeKalb; three siblings, Marcela Sadie Ortiz, Maddox Ortiz and Peyton Sole Ortiz, of Elgin; one aunt, Amanda (Paul) Sileo, of St. Louis; and three uncles, Shaun (Beritzabet) Mishler, of DeKalb, Favio Ortiz, of Buffalo Grove and Steven (Amanda) Burski, of DeKalb.
Bryan was preceded in death by his grandfather, Richard Russell, of Carrollton, Ala.
A memorial service will be held at noon Saturday, Nov. 16, at First United Methodist Church, 321 Oak St., DeKalb, with the Rev. Jon Hutchison officiating. Visitation will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, until the time of service at the church. Burial will be private.
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Arrangements were entrusted to Ronan-Moore-Finch Funeral Home, 310 Oak St., DeKalb, IL 60115; 815-758-3841.