MURPHYSBORO - Russell E. Breading, 78, passed away at 1:05 p.m. Thursday, April 25, 2013, at 1:05 p.m.
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Russ was born June 14, 1934, in Warsaw, Ind., to Floyd and Lula (Morgan) Breading, their only child.
Russ proudly served as a member of the U.S. Navy after the Korean War and was stationed in the Philippines for three years.
He married Lois A. Franks of Etna Green, Ind., on Feb. 4, 1956, in Warsaw. They shared 48 years of marriage until her death Dec. 25, 2003.
Russ and his family moved to Murphysboro in 1965, where he began selling shoes at then Famous Shoe Store. Russ bought Famous Shoe Store, which became Breading's Shoes, which served Southern Illinois for 46 years until the doors closed December 31, 2012.
He was a member of United Methodist Church of Murphysboro. He was a member of Rotary Club, Elks Lodge and Chamber of Commerce of Murphysboro. He served as Grand Marshall of the Apple Festival Parade in 2008 and was also inducted into the Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame. Russ enjoyed bowling, golf, Red Devil basketball games, other Red Devil sports and St. Louis Cardinals baseball.
He is survived by four daughters and sons-in-law, Lee Ann Breading and Rick Moore of Denton, Texas, Amy and Michael Dolfay of Cypress, Texas, Lisa and Kevin Nelson of Wake Forest, N.C., and Kristin and Michael Boston of Washington; nine grandchildren, Morgan Dolfay, Cory Dolfay, Lucas Nelson, Noah Nelson, Ella Boston, Jonah Boston, Grant Boston, Sadie Boston and Randi Moore; special friend, Charlene Zieba of Carbondale; and many other friends in Southern Illinois.
Russ was preceded in death by his parents and wife.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, April 29, in United Methodist Church in Murphysboro, with the Revs. Earl Renshaw and Larry Gilbert officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Memorial Park. Military rites will be conducted by American Legion Post 127 and VFW Post 7190, both of Murphysboro, and Jackson County Disabled American Veterans Chapter 69. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Crawshaw Funeral Home in Murphysboro and from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorials be made in Russ's honor to United Methodist Church of Murphysboro Building Fund or Women's Center of Carbondale.
Published in The Southern Illinoisan from Apr. 26 to Apr. 30, 2013