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Russell D. King Jr., 17, of Chardon, passed away Feb. 27, 2012, at Metro General Hospital in Cleveland surrounded by his loving family and friends.
Born Aug. 12, 1994, in Claridon Township, he had been a lifelong resident of Chardon.
Russell was a junior at Chardon High School, studying alternative energy at the Auburn Career Center.
Russell worked at Amberwood Kennels in Hartsgrove, taking care of the dogs, property, wood pile and any other job that needed done. He also worked part-time at Pinnacle Woods in Hambden Township. He had previously worked at Bass Lake Tavern, in the kitchen.
Russell was an avid outdoorsman. He loved fishing, hunting, camping, canoeing and attending and participating in tractor pulls. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.
Survivors are his parents, Russell D. and Jeannie (nee Jaite) King Sr. of Chardon; sister, Crystal (Jeff Morrison) King of Windsor Township; grandmother, Shirley (nee Frazier) King of Muskegon, Mich.; aunts and uncles, Charles and Gail Jaite of Middlefield, Christine and Timothy Fuller of Chardon, Bob and Eva Jaite of Chardon, Mary and David Pusey of Virginia, Gretchen and Dale Wedge of Chardon, Curtis Jaite of South Carolina, Evonne Jaite of Mantua, Brenda and Dale Wiley of Muskegon, Mich., Randall and Theresa Houston of Muskegon, Mich., Craig and Lori King of Muskegon, Mich., and Kris and Veronica King of Twin Lakes, Mich.; and many cousins and second cousins.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Raymond and Josephine (nee Regina) Jaite Goodwin; grandfather, Dennis King; aunt, Cindy Phillips; and cousins, Brandy King and Brian Wiley.
Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Thursday, March 8, 2012, at The Church of St. Mary, 401 North St., Chardon. The Rev. Bill Mullet of Chardon Assembly of God Church in Chardon will officiate. Private family burial will be held at a later date.
Friends may call from 2 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Burr Funeral Home, 116 South St., (Route 44, 500 feet south of Route 6/Chardon Square), Chardon.
Contributions are suggested to LifeBanc of NEO, 4775 Richmond Road, Cleveland, OH 44128.
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August 11, 2020
Thinking of Russell on his 26th birthday, August 12th. Never forgotten.
August 13, 2019
Wishing you a very happy birthday in heaven...I will see you some day..may you always rest in peace.
Love, Betty Scholz
Betty Scholz
August 12, 2019
Thinking of you today on your twenty fifth birthday. Never forgotten.
August 11, 2018
Russell: I never met you, but I will never forget you. Happy birthday in heaven.
August 11, 2017
Remembering Russell D. King, Jr. on his birthday, August 12th. Blessings to his family.
August 12, 2016
Happy Birthday Russell. Gone but never forgotten , may you continue resting in peace.
Ujenia Mallory
August 11, 2016
August 12 - Happy Birthday in Heaven, Russell. Always remembered.
February 27, 2016
Blessings to the King Family today and everyday.
August 12, 2015
Happy Birthday Russell may you Rest In Peace
Ujenia Mallory
August 12, 2015
Happy Birthday Russell. Always n forever in our Hearts. God blessings to you n your family.
August 11, 2015
Thinking of you and your family on the occasion of your birthday tomorrow, August 12th. Never forgotten.
September 12, 2014
teresa appleton
August 12, 2014
Happy Birthday to Russell in Heaven.
August 12, 2014
Happy Birthday in Heaven. God bless you always
February 27, 2014
So very sorry to hear of this lastest Tragedy , God Bless All who at struggling right now.... May God's Grace Help you through??
Brenda Scully
February 27, 2014
Rip never forgoten now your dad can be with you an god bless yout family on earth
j lewis
February 26, 2014
Never forgotten today and always.
December 29, 2013
Praying for your family
August 13, 2013
Remembered Russell on his birthday, August 12th. You will never be forgotten.
April 1, 2013
U were in my thoughs and prayers over Easter hope all is going well
william Lasater
March 21, 2013
I'm sorry... the ending of my message from yesterday was supposed to be a
heart. Not a question mark.
Praying always.
Debra Estep
March 20, 2013
May you have comfort and peace in your loss of Russell. Praying for all of you.
Barbara Blessing
March 20, 2013
Holding your family close to my heart in prayer. ?
Debra Estep
March 19, 2013
You will continue to be in our prayers
Mary and Nelson
March 19, 2013
I am sorry for your loss may Russell rip
william lasater
March 19, 2013
I am very sorry to have heard about this and again what happened at the sentencing. I hope and pray that all who knew him well will someday some peace and enjoyment in their lives.

Mark Avalin
Mark Avalin
February 27, 2013
God Bless and keep you by his side...You are always in our prayers...
June 25, 2012
Dear Rusty, Jeanie & Crystal King & Family,
My heart was so heavy and hurt for you when my daughter Jessica Byrd, after visiting with her grandparents came home and told me that your son lost his life in this terrible tragedy. My hope and prayer is that your family and friends uplift and carry you through this most difficult time. I'm sure your friend Tim was there waiting for him. In my thoughts and prayers with deepest sympathy.
Chris Connor/Byrd
April 14, 2012
To the family of Russell, Please know that you are still in our prayers and thoughts. Our angel is watching over us all.He will not be forgotten.May all the love and memories live forever in your hearts.And help you each and every day during this sad time. Always in my thoughts May God Bless you all.Love Leslie
Leslie Searles
April 12, 2012
My best memories of russell i will never forget I Love and miss you !!!!!!!!!!! Christopher P Plumer.
Christopher Harkins
March 20, 2012
This is so sad...To the King Family: My prayers are with you, please stay strong. And may Russell rest in peace...
Noelle A.
March 8, 2012
To the King Family. I'm so sorry for you loss. This was a horrible tragedy and I feel you pain. Russell, Danny and Demetrius are speacial angels and are in Gods good hands now. My thought and prayers are with you during this sad time. God Bless all of you.
March 8, 2012
I am truly sorry for your loss! I will continue to pray for you!
March 8, 2012
March 7, 2012
To the King Family: I don't know you, but have been following this horrible tragedy! I am grieving for you & am very sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathies & condolences to you & please, try to be strong through this difficult time..
Lisa Markowski
March 7, 2012
We would like to express our deepest sympathy and words of comfort to the King family. What a precious boy. He gave the gift of life to many and will live through them. May God continue to bless and comfort you.
Bill & Pat Gardella
March 7, 2012
I am so sorry.
Barb S
March 7, 2012
I am so sorry for your loss. A loss to us all . My Deepest and Sincerest sympathies. With
Donna Calvey
March 6, 2012
To the family of Russell King: We are so very sorry and saddened over this senseless tragedy. There are no words. But please be assured of our prayers for you all at this most difficult time and know that Russell, Demetrius and Danny will live in our hearts forever. May God bless you and grant you strength to move forward.
Mary & Jim Federico and Family, Chardon
Federico Tire, Painesville
Mary Federico
March 6, 2012
to the family -
Please know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers. May you have the strength that God gave you to get thru this difficult time. God bless you all
carolyn r
March 6, 2012
Your son was a wonderful, caring young man who was taken to soon. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Lake County Family
March 6, 2012
To the Family of Russell,
We do not know you or your son. We only know that his story has touched our entire family. We have cried for him and your family.
I can not begin to imagine your pain, but i sincerely wish there were a way to lessen it.
Please find peace, and love in knowing that not only a town, but a country, and a world have had their hearts touched by the loss of your child. He will be remembered, even by those of us who had never met him.
God only takes the best... and his arms are now around your son.
We are sincerely sorry for your loss,
The Moravcik Family
Jeni moravcik
March 6, 2012
Our most sincere sympathy to the King family. May you find peace and comfort in memories. We did not know Russell but know that he was a wonderful son, friend and brother. Our prayers are with you all and will continue to be. Russell will be your angel watching over you always and will always be with you.
March 5, 2012
To the family of Russell King, may you find peace in your heart during this difficult time. Do not let your heart be filled with anger, let this be a time of healing and learning. Being a graduate of Chardon School District you great community support and the support of countless others across the United States. May peace be with you.
Ron Wiech
March 5, 2012
My heart and prayers go out to you and your family. I can't imagine the pain you are feeling but I wish I could take it away. I did not know Russell but truly believe that he was a great son, sibling and friend.
March 5, 2012
I was born on his birthdate, on August 12, 1999!!! My cousins go to the school! May God bless his family!
Kenzie Ellman
March 5, 2012
My sympathy and prayers for all of Russell's family, relatives, friends and those who have been touch in any way by his life. May God grant you His peace and comfort.
March 5, 2012
Jeanie and family,
Prayers are being sent to you and your family for the loss of Russell. What a beautiful gift to give life to others by the donation of Russell's organs. How fulfilling to know Russell lives on in heaven as well as in his recipients here on earth. May God be with you as you heal. Hugs and prayers to you.
Liz Apthorp
March 5, 2012
Our sincere condolence on the loss of your love one
Benyo Family
March 5, 2012
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Christine Benyo
March 5, 2012
Our sincere condolences on the loss of your son, Russell. You are in our hearts, thoughts and prayers.
Phyllis Manion & family
Bloomfield, NJ
Phyllis Manion
March 5, 2012
May God give you comfort in the life of your son, Russell. I had the privilege of knowing him when he worked at Amberwood Kennels last summer for our retrievers. It was a pleasure to be around a hard working and fun loving young man. My family and I pray that as you mourn, and all of Chardon with you, that you will be comforted. Thank you for giving Russell to the world.
Ken Hrabak
March 5, 2012
The Ladies Auxilliary of the Chardon VFW extend their prayers and condolences.
March 5, 2012
Dear King Family,
We did'nt know Russell but it sounds like he was a great kid. We cannot imagine the sadness you must feel at the loss of your child. We hope you find some comfort that your son has touched the lives of so many, even strangers. We will continue to keep Russell and your family in our thoughts.
Leroy Family
March 5, 2012
I just want to let you know I truly understand your pain. My daughter went to heaven from a illness. It is a wound that never completely heals... but it does begin to stop hurting so deeply.
I am very grateful that God helped me thru this and it is OK to be upset with him at times. This is not fair to bury your child. But if you lean on him he will give you the strength. I also felt Compassionate Friends Support Group (for parents that lost the children) was a great help for me.I am praying for you and your family God Bless You all
March 5, 2012
Debbie Ferrebee
March 5, 2012
March 5, 2012
My sympathies and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May God hold you in the palm of His hand. God Bless you. Darlene--Willoughby
March 5, 2012
You are in my Prayers. God Bless Russell.
Rhonda L Westover
March 5, 2012
My deepest condolences on the death of your beloved Russell to all your family and friends. May he rest in peace. I carry you in my heart and prayers. "They whom we love and lose are no longer where they were before. They are now wherever we are."-St. John Chrysostom
Blessings of Peace,
Barbara Blessing, Buffalo, New York
Barbara Blessing
March 5, 2012
Our deepest sympathy. May he rest in peace.
Geauga Amateur Radio Assn. members
March 5, 2012
Peace be with you, know one can take our memories of Russell away, let them bring you peace.
Chardon Hilltopper 71
March 4, 2012
Dear King Family~

May you feel God's presence and
peace in your lives. Russell sounded like the type of son every parent wishes for. Hold tight to your wonderful memories will see him again someday.

Much love and many prayers,
Pam, Steve and Brianna (CHS...class of 2013)Lang
March 4, 2012
Our deepest sympathies go out to you on the tragic loss of your son Russell. Thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.
March 4, 2012
"My heartfelt prayers and condolences to everyone. You are all in my thoughts." Georgeann (Eastlake, OH)
March 4, 2012
Our deepest sympathies go out to you on the tragic loss of Russell. Keeping you in our prayers. May God help you through this most difficult time.
March 4, 2012
One Heartbeat ~ Russell ~ Never Forgotten
Whether he simply nodded & smiled as he slowly past my house on his tractor or stopped for a short chat, Russell was a fun, respectful young man with a smile that made you smile as well.
King's & friends of Russell, as a Mom of 2 teens, my heart aches with sorrow over his loss. I am praying for you and have been blessed to cross paths with Russell. Hold on to Jesus, and know you are loved.
March 4, 2012
So very sorry for your loss... May the outpouring of love from your family, friends and community bring you a bit of peace.
March 4, 2012
Mr & Mrs King,

Thank you and Russell for your
generosity. Our hearts broke
reading of your tragic loss. Russell will live on and will
always be in our prayers.

Thank you,

Sean & Jen McCarthy
Middleboro Ma
Sean McCarthy
March 4, 2012
My wife and Iwere deeply saddened to learn of the tragic loss of your dear son,Russell.Only Almighty God the Grand Creator and Life Giver can truly understand and help us at a time like you are facing at this time.Please accept our love and sympathy for you and your family. Sincerely, Skip and Billie Jean Gilmore, Akron, Ohio.
Skip & Billie Gilmore
March 4, 2012
March 5,2012

Our deepest sympathy to the entire family of Russell. Praying that God guides you through this time of loss. Rest in peace Russell. Chardon
March 4, 2012
Russell was a great kid! It was a privilege to know him.
March 4, 2012
God bless you all. Our prayers to you. Thank you so much for the gift of life, from the forever grateful family of an organ recipient.
Doherty Family
March 4, 2012
a life lost way to young Rest in Peace. Our prayers to the family
Big Ed
March 4, 2012
Cannot imagine your pain. Hope you find some comfort that so many people care about your son and your family.
Rest in Peace Russell
March 4, 2012
God holds you in the palm of his hand. RIP
March 4, 2012
To the King family,
Our sincerest sympathy in the loss of your son.
March 4, 2012
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this terrible time of loss.
Painesville Township
March 4, 2012
I join with so many other families who, although we did not have the opportunity to know you or Russell, our hearts ache for you. My deepest condolences to you & your family and I pray that God will keep you in His care during this very difficult time.
March 4, 2012
The Polley's
March 4, 2012
"Rest in Peace"
You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Riverside Family
March 4, 2012
Russell I will always remember your wonderful smile. It went directly to your eyes and they had a twinkle. RIP. My heart goes out to your family. Crystal and Jeff you are in my prayers.
March 4, 2012
March 4, 2012
RIP Russell.
March 4, 2012
to the King family....I am from the area and shocked to hear about this horrific prayers and condolences go out to your family during these trying times ....... God Bless
Diana O
March 3, 2012
To the family and friends of Russell King, Jr.,

My heart goes out to Russell's family and friends. I am so sorry for your loss. I wish I could take away your pain, but all I can do is pray. The entire Nation is mourning the loss of your son, Demetrius, and Danny. Know that we all care, every Mother and Father feel your pain, wishing they could help. But we can't because Russell is in God's hands now. Peace be with you.
The Radke Family
March 3, 2012
i'm so very sorry for the loss. my heart and prayers go out to you,your family& all of chardon.may you rest in peace russell. god bless you all
debbi menser
March 3, 2012
Our thoughts and prayers are with you
Scott Family
March 3, 2012
May you rest in peace Russell. Though we never knew you, this tradegy touched our lives. May your family find some comfort knowing those around the country have been affected by this senseless tradegy.

Take comfort in knowing your family is loved.
March 3, 2012
RIP Russell Jr. love always a angel in our heart
Ujenia Mallory
March 3, 2012
Very sorry for the loss of your son.
We are praying for your family.
Painesville family
March 3, 2012
Please know that you are in the thoughts and prayers of many.
May Gods comfort and grace surround you.
Mary Mooney
March 3, 2012
Condolences to the King family. Your son was a fine young man, taken too soon. May he rest in peace.
March 3, 2012
I am SO sorry for the loss of your son, Russell. I am from Mentor and have a cousin who lives in Chardon. Their twins graduated from Chardon High last year. I know that words will not ever fix this-I do pray that God will help you through this each moment. I will continue to pray for you.
Nancy Prater
March 3, 2012
I am sorry for your loss, things likes this is not suppose to happen in a supposed safe place. My prayers to the family, friends, and community. May the God of peace be with you all.
March 3, 2012
I never met your son but he sounded like a great kid! Words cannot make you feel better, but hopefully you will find some comfort in the fact that people who don't know you or Russell felt compelled to express their condolences to your family. May you can find peace in the thought that your son lives on in the lives of others.
Mentor Headlands
March 3, 2012
Rest in Peace Russell. You live on in others.
May your family find peace.
March 3, 2012
My deepest sympathy to your entire family in this time of unthinkable tragedy.
Denise Jackson
March 3, 2012
Know that Russell is in all our hearts and that he has given someone the most precious gift anyone can give.
Past Hill Topper
March 3, 2012
To the King family,
Words cannot express the sadness we feel for your family.
Russell was a special young man. He will be missed.
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