RUSSELL, Elmer W., affectionately known as Russ, 71, of Plant City, departed this life January 3, 2013. He was a Veteran of the United States Army having retired after 26 years of service. A significant part of his life was spent being a foster parent to more than 50 boys and girls in Marietta, Georgia. Family was his strength and being surrounded by his grandchildren gave him joy. He loved reading poetry, playing bridge and shooting pool. His great sense of humor, quick wit, superb intelligence and sweet smile will surely be missed. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Elaine; daughters Becky and Rachael; siblings Paul Russell and Sue Burgdorf; and 8 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son David. Russ/Daddy, you are loved and forever in our hearts. A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, January 11 at Noon at Country Woods Clubhouse, Plant City.
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Published in TBO.com on Jan. 8, 2013