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Gordon Ray Russell

05/24/1936 - 07/12/2019

            Gordon Ray Russell, age 83, of Oshkosh died Friday, July 12, 2019, at Park View Health Center in Oshkosh surrounded by his family. He was born May 24, 1936, in Chicago, Illinois to the late Gordon “Red” Sr. and Ruth (Knott) Russell. Gordy was a 1954 graduate of Markesan High School. From 1954 – 56 Gordy served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps and was stationed at Camp Pendleton in San Diego and in Okinawa, Japan. While sailing to Korea, the armistice was signed ending the Korean War. On August 16, 1958, Gordy married Nancy Rouse, and in 1968 they made their home on Lake Winnebago. In 1962 Gordy earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from UW-Oshkosh, and later received his Master’s in Administration, also from UW-O. In 1962 he began his career teaching 4th and 5th grade and taught in Oshkosh at Washington, Green Meadow, and Sunset Schools. Gordy later was the principal at Lincoln, Oak Lawn, Roosevelt, and Read Schools, retiring at age 60. He had served as the president of the Oshkosh Education Association and in 1970 he was presented the Teacher of the Year award.

            One of Gordy’s greatest loves was the log cabin he built with his family. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, snowmobiling, which included riding in Yellowstone and Iceland. He and Nancy took several trips to Europe, including a 50th wedding anniversary Mediterranean cruise. One of Gordy’s favorite excursions was boating the on North Channel of Lake Huron.

            Gordy is survived by his wife of 60 years, Nancy Russell; three sons, Scott (Kelly Moran) Russell, Tom (Koren) Russell, David (Marya Miller) Russell; grandchildren, Margaret, Gordie, Elliott, and Sophia; a sister, Linda Russell; and other relatives and friends.

            Along with his parents, Gordy was also preceded in death by a brother, Gordon James Russell.

            A visitation for family and friends will be on Friday, July 19, 2019, from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church 808 N. Main St. Oshkosh. A funeral service will be held on Friday at 11:00 a.m. at the church with Pastor Jennifer Czarnota officiating. Military honors will follow.

            In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred for the Menasha “Old Glory Honor Flight,” in which Gordy had the opportunity to participate.

            If you wish, please submit online condolences to muellerfh.net.    

Carol Vosters wrote on July 24, 2019
Gordy and Koren -- We are making a donation to the old glory honor flight in your dad's honor. Thank you for his service to our country. You have our deepest sympathies. Sending our love and prayers. Judy and Bill Deb and Frank Carol and Darrel Jill

Shana Jones wrote on July 19, 2019
Linda I am so sorry for your loss. I am with you in spirit XO

Jim Webster wrote on July 15, 2019
I am honored and blessed to have known Gord, he was a good friend, a good man and I will miss him. My condolences. I extend my deepest sympathies to Gord's family. May the care and love of those around you provide comfort and peace to get you through the days ahead, just know that I am here for you, please don’t hesitate to reach out, especially during this difficult time.

Suzy Ehlke wrote on July 15, 2019
To the entire Russell Family: I was so saddened to hear about Mr. Russell's death. I knew from my parents that he has been ill for some time and had taken a turn for the worse. It will not be the same when I am home not seeing him walk around the yard or popping over for a drink on the dock or the deck. This part of the circle of life is my least favorite, but one that we all must observe and participate. May God wrap his arms around you and comfort you during this difficult transition.

Melinda Grotheer wrote on July 14, 2019
Our prayers are with you. God rest his soul and grant him peace. Love to you Nancy.

Eddy wrote on July 14, 2019
I had the opportunity to meet Gordy several times. He was such a sweet man. I am send hugs from SC. Rusty and Kelly y’all are in my thoughts and prayers.

Tim Sebora wrote on July 14, 2019
Nancy we are sorry for your loss.