Lark Joel "L.J." Northern, 89, of Russellville, passed away Feb. 17, 2014.
He was born in Providence, Kentucky on Sept. 2, 1924, to the late Larkin Joel Sr. and Faye Watson Northern.
Mr. Northern was a Conservationist for the Logan County Conservation Districts for decades where he led the construction of 23 watershed lakes in four counties, including Lake Malone and Lake Herndon. He was a strong supporter of the Boy Scouts and was one of the people most responsible for the Wildcat Hollow Boy Scout Camp in Logan County. After retirement L. J. worked with his son Keith at Northern Nursery for 15 years. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Russellville, a Mason and was a member of the Russellville Rotary Club. He was a World War II Army veteran.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Roberta Farris Northern; a son, Keith Northern and Karen of Russellville; a daughter, Nelda Marren of St. Charles, Mo.; a brother, Paul Gordon Northern of Providence, and six grandchildren, Jenny Northern, Libby Northern, Sam Northern, Patrick Wellborn, Catherine Wellborn and Allison Wellborn.
Funeral services for L.J. Northern will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20 at the Young Funeral Home Russellville Chapel with Tom Thompson officiating. Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery. Visitation at the funeral home Wednesday, Feb. 19 will be from 5-7 p.m. and Thursday, Feb. 20 from 8 a.m. until the funeral hour at 2 p.m.
Pallbearers are David Guion, Sam Northern, Patrick Welborn, Alan Scott, Michael Paul Northern and Bill Fliss.
Memorial contributions can be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Russellville, envelopes will be available at the funeral home.