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Marc F. Russell

Marc Freeman Russell of Plainwell, Michigan, went to his heavenly home on February 13, 2024. 

He was the son of Freeman and Frances Russell, both deceased. Marc lived his life as a strong man of faith. Loving the Lord and his family were a very big part of his life. 

He was married to his best friend, Barb (Durian) Russell for close to 52 years. They both enjoyed traveling on their motorcycle, just riding around Gun Lake and stopping for ice cream, or going on a trip of a lifetime Out West for 4,400 miles. They also enjoyed golfing. Anytime they were together was a good time. 

Their happy place was in St. Joe, Michigan, going on their boat either on the Big Lake or just cruising down the St. Joe River. Meeting up with Chad and Sheri, April, Josie and Seth with their boat, was guaranteed a great time, making memories. Going to Orange Beach, Alabama for the past several years with family and friends was another special time. 

Marc is survived by his wife, Barb; a son, Chad Russell and his wife Sheri; two special granddaughters, April and Josie; a sister, Laurie Russell and her husband, Marc Elliott. Also surviving are a brother-in-law, Dave Durian and his wife Kathy and several nieces and nephews who Marc loved dearly. 

He was preceded in death by Robert and Jeanette Durian, his in laws and a special brother-in-law and friend, Ken Durian and his wife Diane. 

Marc led a busy life. He was involved with AYSO soccer, Big Brothers, Kids Hope and he volunteered at West Michigan Cancer Center. He was an athlete at Portage Central High School and received 8 letters in sports. Marc started his career in construction with DeLoof Construction and retired from Spartan Stores as a Director of Construction and Facilities. Most recently, he was an Elder at North Point Church in Plainwell, serving his Lord and being part of his church made him a happy man. 

Marc will be remembered as a man of faith, a loving husband, son, dad, grandpa, uncle, and friend. 

Friends may visit with Marc’s family starting at 12:00 P.M., Tuesday, February 20, 2024, at North Point Church, 571 N 10th St., Plainwell, MI, until the time of the funeral service at 2:00 P.M., with a time of fellowship to follow.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Marc may be made to Christian Neighbors or Centrica Care Navigators.

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