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Kenneth E. "Ken"

Kenneth E. "Ken" Russell, 78, of Walbridge, entered into God's care on March 11, 2014. Ken was born in Fostoria, Ohio on November 2, 1935, to George and Erma Russell, both of whom preceded him in death. Ken graduated from Fostoria High School in 1953, and Bowling Green State University in 1957, where he played college football and wrestled, and was a college All-American in both sports. He played professional football for the Detroit Lions from 1957-1959, where he was a member of the 1957 World Championship Team.

Ken was employed in the Transportation Industry as a logistic transportation Manager. He was an active member of the Northwood-Lake Township Kiwanis Club, a volunteer at the Wood County Senior center in Walbridge, where he delivered food. He was a former Lake High School Board member. He coached Walbridge girls softball and was an assistant coach for Lake High School girls softball. Ken also was in charge of several youth baseball tournaments in Walbridge and was active on the Walbridge-Fest Committee.

Ken is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Ellen; daughter, Dawn (Bruce) Cox; sons, Michael Russell and Marlin (Jill) Russell; grandchildren, Haylie, Heather, and Hannah Cox, Bradley and Logan Russell; brother, Wayne (Donna) Russell and was preceded in death by brothers, Allen and Howard Russell

Family and friends will be received on Friday, March 14, 2014, from 2-8 p.m. in the Witzler-Shank Funeral Home, Walbridge (419-666-3121) Funeral Services will be Saturday, March 15, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Mainstreet Church 705 N. Main St. Walbridge.

In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials to Mainstreet Church. Online condolences may be made to

Published in Toledo Blade on Mar. 13, 2014
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