FLORA – Michael D. Russell, 65, of Flora, Ill., died at 5:55 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at his home.
Michael was born Aug. 22, 1947, in Dyess, Ark., to the late Harold and Stella May Russell. He graduated high school and joined the U.S. Marine Corps serving from 1967 to 1970, with two tours in Vietnam. On April 29, 1979, he married Sue Dulaney at their home in Flora. Mr. Russell worked as a CSX tracksman and retired in August 2007. Michael was a member of the Flora VFW and the American Legion.
Michael is survived by his wife, Sue of Flora; four children, Shawn (Amy) Russell of Mahomet, Misty (Sam) Garrett of Flora, George Russell of Flora and James Russell (girlfriend Pam Trotter) of Flora; eight grandchildren, Timothy, Promise, Kevin, Bethi, Faith, Jason, Brooke and Brittany; three great-grandchildren, Xavier, Brayden and Aiden; one brother, Ken Russell of Malta; and several brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.
Michael was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Roger Russell.
Funeral services were held April 27, at Byrd & Kohn Funeral Home in Flora. Interment was at Macedonia Cemetery in rural Mount Erie, with full military honors conducted by the Marine Corps Honor Guard.
Expressions of sympathy should take the form of donations to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or the Wounded Warrior Project and can be received by the funeral home.
For information, visit www.byrdandkohnfh.com.

Funeral Home

Byrd & Kohn Funeral Home
500 W 12Th St Flora, IL 62839
(618) 662-6165
Published in Daily Chronicle on May 11, 2013