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ARTHUR WILLIAM, 87, a life-long Philadelphia resident went to be with the Lord on Sept. 28, 2013. His passions were music, service to God and his family. He served in the U.S. Navy in WW II and retired as V.P. of Adm. at Betz Entec, Inc. (1989).
He is best known for his musical accomplishments as pianist, choir director and song leader. Mr. Russell organized a 1,000-voice choir at Leighton Ford Crusade of Phila. (1971), was Music Chairman of the Presbyterian Sunday School Supt. Assoc. of Phila. and Presby. Lay Cttee. Conventions at Grove City College, and has led music for Christian Endeavor functions. He organiz-ed and conducted the Sacred Sounds Chorus and Orchestra, trios and quartets, enc. youth ministries, and until his death led the vesper choir at Southampton Estates. He was known as "Mr. Olivet-Covenant" at his church where he attend-ed and lovingly served throughout his life. His summer joys included Cape May, base-ball, and watching the Phillies.
He was beloved husband to the late Gladys (nee Letteer); devoted father of Janet (David) Wenker and David (Lori) Russell; loving grandfather of Micah, Matthew, Jonathan, Andrew, Krystal, and Michael and 9 great grandchildren. Dear brother of Jean Mulvaney.
Visitation from 1:30 to 3 P.M. then Memorial Service will be held Sunday, October 6, 2013, at 3 P.M., at Olivet-Covenant Pres. Church, 22nd and Mt. Vernon Sts., Phila. Memorial gifts can be made to the Church. Private Burial.
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Published on Philly.com on Oct. 2, 2013
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