John J. “Jim” Russell, 82, of Sandusky, died peacefully Sunday afternoon, Dec. 16, 2012, following a lengthy illness.
Jim was born Nov. 29, 1930, in Sandusky. He was a 1948 graduate of Sandusky High School, a 1953 graduate of The Ohio State University, and had worked for both the Russell Flower Shoppe and Lyman Boats.
After spending two years in the U. S. Army at Fort Carson, Colo., he began working in the sales office of Sandusky Foundry and Machine/Sandusky International, retiring after 38 years. Jim was an avid sports fan, with a special affection for Ohio State football.
Jim is survived by two sons, Randy of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Jeff of Sandusky; two grandchildren, Ben and Ally, both of Sandusky; and two older sisters, Mary Alice Hartenfeld of Gahanna, Ohio, and Jeanette Albert of Sandusky, who was a great source of comfort to him in his final years.
He was preceded in death by his wife of nearly 49 years, Connie (Klinger) Russell, in 2008; his parents, Henry and Cornelia (Scherrer) Russell; and many close family members.
At the request of the deceased, there will be no viewing or services.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Erie County, 1911 Superior St., Sandusky, OH 44870, or to a charity of your choice.
Pfeil Funeral Home, Sandusky Chapel, 617 Columbus Ave., Sandusky, is assisting the family with the arrangements. Condolences may be shared with the family at pfeilfuneralhome.com.