URBANA - Robert Roland Russell, age 81, of Urbana, passed away at 12:20 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, in the Mercy McAuley Center, Urbana.
Born on Aug. 26, 1932, he was a son of the late Paul C. and Lena (McClain) Russell. He married Mildred J. Mullen on March 21, 1959, and she survives in Urbana.
Together they raised three children: Barbara Boggs, of Waconia, Minn., Robert Russell II, of Urbana, and Laura (Paul) Gray, of Lebanon, Ohio. Robert is also survived by four grandchildren, Allison and Emilita Boggs and Rachel and Zane Gray; and one brother, Clinton E. Russell, of Urbana.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Alan Boggs.
Robert graduated in 1950 from Concord High School and attended The Ohio State University
. He served in the U.S Army Reserves from 1957 to 1963 and belonged to the American Legion. Robert was a past Concord Township Trustee and served on the Concord Township Cemetery Board. Robert was a lifelong Champaign County farmer, a 4-H adviser, and a member of the Champaign County Farm Bureau where he served on the Policy Development Committee. He was instrumental in helping to establish the Concord Community Center and the Graham Foundation.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013 at noon in the Atkins-Shively Funeral Home, 216 S. Springfield Street, St. Paris, with Pastor Neil Haney of the Vineyard of Northridge presiding. Burial will follow in Concord Cemetery, Urbana, Ohio.
Visitation for family and friends will be held Thursday, one hour prior to the funeral services in the funeral home beginning at 11 a.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to your favorite charity.
Condolences to the family may be sent to www.shivelyfuneralhomes.com