Robert S. Russell Sr., 84, Sandusky, made his transition on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, in Firelands Regional Medical Center, after a brief illness.
He was born on Nov. 27, 1927, in Laurel, Miss.
Robert was employed by Aluminum Magnesium for over 35 years, and served as the president of the Local 393 for several terms. He retired from General Motors in Mansfield, Ohio, in 1993. Robert also was the owner of the Revelation Store and put on many fashion shows throughout Ohio. He worked as a crossing guard for Sandusky City Schools.
He was a member of Porters Memorial C.M.E. Church for over 50 years, where he served as trustee, and was master of ceremonies for many programs, directed plays, and was very active until his recent illness. Robert was active in the Democratic Party, the NAACP, founder of the Sandusky Citizens Coalition, board member and founder of Sandusky’s Sunday Best, and coached the AMVETS Little League for 16 years.
Robert is survived by his wife, Geneva (Thompson) Russell; children, Clifton (Melanie) Russell, Jo Cynthia Keels, Anthony Smith, Minister Howard (Sherron) Carr, and Elder Gwendolyn (Elder Glenn) Moorer, all of Sandusky, Barbara (Kenneth) Parker, Columbus, and Evangelist Gail Tate, Euclid, Ohio; brother, Arthur (Betty) Russell, Philadelphia; 33 grandchildren; 50 great-grandchildren; 18 great-great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd and Lugenia (Barnett) Russell; children, Gloria (Russell) Wood, and minister Robert S. Russell Jr.; brothers, Amos Russell and Robert Sherman; granddaughter, Felecia Anne McGill.
Friends may call 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, at Porters Memorial C.M.E. Church, 1722 Third St., Sandusky. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at the church. Rev. Randolph White will officiate, and Elder Bruce Gibson will present the eulogy. Burial will be in Meadow Green Memorial Park, Huron.
Memorial contributions may be made to Porters Memorial C.M.E. Church.
Toft Funeral Home & Crematory, 2001 Columbus Ave., Sandusky, is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be shared at toftfh.com.