Russell Curtis MAGNUSON 9-3-1927 ~ 4-20-2012 Russell Curtis Magnuson was born on a farm in Clear Lake, WI on September 3, 1927. He graduated from River Falls State College (UW River Falls) and later received his MA in mathematics at Washington State University. He served in the U.S. Army as a paratrooper with the 11th Airborne Division during the Korean War. Russell taught at Central Kitsap High School in Silverdale, WA where he met Betty Jean Shaffer. They were married in 1957 in Bellevue, WA. While living in Bellevue, Russ taught at Highland Jr. High, Sammamish High School, and Bellevue Community College. He retired from BCC in 1984. Russell is survived by his wife, Betty of Winthrop; his sister Opal Soltis of East Wenatchee, WA; brother Donald (Mary) Magnuson of TX; and sister-in-law Jan Magnuson of OR. He is loved and missed by his three children and their families - L. Christine Magnuson (William Kann) of Everett, WA; Karen (Frank) Sherwood of Bellevue, WA and John (Donna) Magnuson of North Bend, WA. His beloved grandchildren are: Russell Herzog, Joseph Magnuson, Emily Sherwood, Jodie Magnuson, Molly Sherwood and Adrienne Kann.
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Published in The Seattle Times on May 3, 2012