Kenneth Lee (LeRoy) Russell

Kenneth Lee (LeRoy) Russell
Kenneth Lee (LeRoy) Russell of Kalamazoo, MI (formerly of Otsego) went home to be with the Lord, surrounded by family at Kairos Dwelling, on August 26, 2008. Ken was born in Schoolcraft, MI, on May 6, 1922. He was the only child of Leo F. and Viola (Russell) Russell, who preceded him in death. For four years he served in the Army Air Corps as a Corporal during World War II. Ken leaves his wife of 60 years, the former Vera Marie Chadderdon. They were united in the sacrament of marriage on December 26, 1947. They have four surviving children: Donald L. (Patricia) Russell of Otsego, MI; Shirley A. (Duane) Kaleward of Charlotte, MI; Bruce T. (Deborra) Russell of Otsego, MI; and Richard R. (Suzie) Russell of Brohman, MI; 17 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; deeply treasured brother and sister in-laws; many wonderful nieces, nephews and friends. Ken was an active member of St. Margaret Catholic Church & School, in Otsego, where he worked as custodian until his retirement in 1984. He also served as the cemetery sexton until (around) 2002. He was an active 3rd degree charter member of the Knights of Columbus #7796 where he served the church and community on many projects including, but not limited to, Christmas basket delivering, building the church rectory, renovations of the former school convent, weekly bingo games, driving those in need to doctor appointments, serving as an usher at church, helping at funeral lunches and working with Christian Neighbors. Ken enjoyed his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, traveling with family and friends, playing games, and winters in Haines City, Florida. Ken’s family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. Thursday at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where a Scripture Service will be held at 7:30 P.M. Thursday. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 A.M. Friday at St. Margaret Catholic Church, Otsego, Rev. Fr. Donald P. Klingler celebrant. Memorial contributions in Ken’s memory may be directed to Kairos Dwelling, Borgess Foundation (VNA & Hospice) or St. Margaret School Endowment Fund.
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