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John T. Russell


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John T. Russell

John T. Russell, 84, Died on March 25, 2016. He was born to Aubrey and Velma Johnson Russell in Lebanon, MO on September 22, 1931. He grew up on a farm near the Gasconade River and attended a one-room county school and then Lebanon High School and Drury College.

He married the former Margaret Carr in 1951 and they had three children and seven grandchildren. He is a U.S. Air Force Veteran of the Korean conflict (May, 1951 - February, 1955) in the 3625th Radar Squadron.

He was elected in 1962 and served 14 years in The Missouri House and went on to the Missouri Senate in 1976, being re-elected in 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996 and 2000. During his House and Senate career, he served 27 years on the standing committees on Education and was recognized by the Missouri State Teachers Association, Missouri State School Board Association and Missouri Association School/Administrators. He was also recognized by the University of Missouri for his service and was a recipient of the Geyer Award from the University of Missouri Alumni. He also received an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree in 1979 from Southwest Baptist University and the Spirit of Enterprise Award from the Missouri Chamber of Commerce. He was also associated with Detroit Tool Companies, where he served as a corporate officer, active in day-to-day management until 1990. He was named for the "Wall of Honor" in his home town of Lebanon, in October 2004, in recognition of his 42 years of public service.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret A. Russell; one son, Doug Russell and his wife, Kim, of Lebanon; Two daughters, Jeanette Hutcheson and her Husband Jim and Melissa Montgomery and her husband Jim, all of Springfield, MO. Further survived by a sister, Elizabeth Willyard of Independence, MO; Seven Grandchildren, John Russell and his wife Jenilee; Jason Russell and his wife Mary; Jordan Russell, Jimmy Hutcheson; Nicole Pugh and her Husband Jason; Makenzie and Audrey Montgomery; Five Great-Grandchildren, Harper, Hudson, Drew and Spencer Russell and Georgia Kate Pugh; Many other relatives and friends. Visitation will be Tuesday Evening from 5 - 7 PM at Shadel's Colonial Chapel. Services will be held on Wednesday at 10 AM at First Baptist Church, with Pastor Matt Taylor and Former U.S. Attorney General, Governor and U.S. Senator Honorable John Ashcroft officiating. Burial will be at Mt. Rose Memorial Park Cemetery. Military honors provided by the United States Air Force.

Memorials can be made to First Baptist Church or Shriners Hospital for Children. Donations can be mailed or left at Shadel's Colonial Chapel; P.O. Box 948, Lebanon, MO 65536.
Published in the News-Leader on Mar. 28, 2016
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