Robert L. "Bob" Russell, age 90, of Oquawka, Illinois, passed away at 7:15 AM on Monday, December 16, 2019 at the Roseville Rehab and Health Care Center in Roseville, Illinois. He was born on May 11, 1929 in Holly Grove, AR, the son of John Christian and Mabel Ione (Brent) Russell. Bob attended school in Gladstone, Illinois and attended G&O High School. On February 20, 1973, he married Connie M. Borg in Burlington, Iowa and she is surviving. Bob was previously married to Pauline Rhoades.
Bob was employed and retired from Gunther Construction doing roadwork. He had previously worked at the Henderson County Humane Office, as a farmer, and occasionally as a bartender. Bob loved to hunt and fish. He also enjoyed shooting pool, bowling, vegetable gardening, and telling stories with his friends.
Bob is survived by his wife Connie of Oquawka; two daughters, Kathy (Pat) Hopkins of Oquawka and Ann Russell of Burlington; three sons, David Russell of Gladstone, John Russell of Gladstone, and Michael Russell of Oquawka; eight grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two sisters, Ruth Dirth of Burlington and Kay West of St. Louis, and one brother, Tom (Sandy) Russell of Burlington, Iowa. A number of other relatives also survive. Bob is preceded in death by his parents, one daughter Stephanie Russell Taylor, one step-daughter Lea Ellen Borg, one grandson Aaron Russell, one sister Ora Fay Cole, and three brothers, Dean, Melvin, and Donald Russell.
A Celebration of Life for Robert Russell is planned from 5:00-7:00 PM on Friday, December 20, 2019 at Mama's Place in Oquawka, Illinois. As were Bob's wishes, cremation is being accorded. A memorial is being established for the Oquawka Ambulance or the Henderson County Health Department.
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