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2017-12-06 / Obituaries

Herbert J. Russell

Herbert J. Russell, 86, of Manistique passed away November 29, 2017 at his home in Manistique surrounded by his loving family .

He was born January 28, 1931 in Curtis, the son of Irwin and Jessie (Wheeler) Russell, and attended Munising area schools.

He proudly served in the United States Army during the Korean War.

On April 9, 1955 he married the former Frances M. Bowles in Bellville. She preceded him in death December 25, 1993.

He held various jobs throughout his life, including in automotive manufacturing and as an aircraft riveter in Ypsilanti. He later was employed as a heavy equipment operator, eventually becoming the owner/proprietor of his own logging company that delivered wood to Mead Paper for the past 35 years.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting and vegetable gardening. He was also a member of the United Methodist Church in Munising.

He is survived by his loving partner, Katie Putman of Manistique; sons, Rick (Karla) Russell of Germfask and Randall (Violet) Russell of Newberry; four grandchildren and five greatgrandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to his wife and parents, he is preceded in death by his brothers, Lester, Howard and Harvey; and sisters, Pearl Patterson and Ethel Stamper.

Funeral services were held December 2 at the Messier-Broullire Funeral Home in Manistique with Reverend Sandra J. Kolder officiating. Burial will be in the Riverside Cemetery at Germfask.

The Messier-Broullire Funeral Home of Manistique is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed online at

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