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Russell D. Predum

Posted By Winkel Funeral Home On June 1, 2019 @ 3:03 pm In Obituaries | 6 Comments

Russell D. Predum

Russell passed away Saturday, June 1, 2019 at Rose Arbor Hospice in Kalamazoo.

He was born December 22, 1933 in Martin, the son of Henry and Edith (Lowery) Predum. Russ proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. For more than 40 years he had worked at James River Paper Mill and retired as an electrician. He was also active with the union and had served as the President.

In his free time Russ enjoyed going to flea markets, fishing, boating and loved spending time visiting with his family and many friends. He was a member of the Otsego American Legion Post 84 and was a life member of the Otsego VFW Post #3030.

On July 21, 1955 in Angola, Indiana he married Emma June Soderquist who passed away in 2010.

Surviving are his children, Donna (Chuck) Valkner of Manton and Matt McNutt of Kalamazoo; 9 grandchildren, Kristen (Mike) Herlein, Jennifer Brown, Steven Searles Jr, Keith Valkner, Amber Searles, Donny Predum, Crayton Valkner, Shane McNutt and Caleb Valkner; 7 great-grandchildren, Aleayah and Brooklyn Herlein, Kyla, Leanna and Riley Predum and Tytus and Isabella Hall; siblings, Treva Schoneboom, Roland Predum, Mike Predum, Bonnie Putman and Clare Predum along with several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; daughters, Deanna Searles and Dawn Predum and siblings, Adelia McNutt, Alvin Predum, Joe Predum and Olive “Becky” Pantale.

Friends may visit with Russ’ family starting at 10:00 A.M., Thursday, June 6, 2019 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, until the time of the funeral service at 11:00 A.M., with son-in-law, Chuck Valkner officiating.

Burial will follow at Hillside Cemetery, Plainwell.

Military Honors by the Otsego American Legion Post 84.

Contributions in memory of Russ may be made to Otsego American Legion Post 84 or to Rose Arbor Hospice.

Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.


Condolences for the family of “Russell D. Predum”

Condolence from Marilyn Abernathy on June 1st, 2019 7:20 pm

For Russ’s family, I want you to know I feel so honored and blessed to have been able to spend time with all of you at the parade Memorial Day and to have such wonderful conversations with all of you. I knew Russ was tired but we sure had a great time reminiscing about our work at James River and the people we knew and worked with and his years he served as the president of our union. I pray he is resting in peace and celebrating with his family and friends on the other side. Thank You for your service to our country and our union Russ! Now go forth and be well!

Condolence from Kim on June 1st, 2019 10:13 pm

Rest Peacefully..

Condolence from michelle (minshall) wix on June 2nd, 2019 6:41 am

donna and all the predum families,
im so sorry to hear of his passing. as all know russ was a great man. ive not seen him in many many years but have great memeories and pictures of this man. he will always be a part of me. im sorry donna that you have to go through this again. stay strong and know im thinking of all at this time.

Condolence from Tim and Marcia Quigley on June 3rd, 2019 8:32 am

Amy and Family,
So sorry for the loss of your father. Our love and prayers are being sent out to you!

Condolence from Jason on June 3rd, 2019 11:14 am

Rest In Peace Russ god bless !

Condolence from American Legion Post 84 Otsego on June 4th, 2019 8:41 pm

Russ was well liked at post 84 and he enjoyed being a Post 84 member and coming to the morning breakfast and coffee clutch. Russ served during the Korean conflict in the U.S. Army and he was proud of his service. Post 84 was able to make sure he could go on the Talon’s Out Honor Flight to Washington D.C. There he got to see the many veterans memorials and also the Korean War Memorial. Russ had a day of being treated like a hero and a great welcome back to Kalamazoo at Wings Stadium by hundreds of people afterwards. May GOD hold you near my friend. Till We Meet Again. Dave Delemme Allegan County Commander for the Department of the Michigan American Legion. .

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