Russell Clifford Sleek

Oct 15, 1963 - Aug 19, 2013

Russell Clifford Sleek, 49 of Gibsonburg, passed away suddenly at Memorial Hospital, surrounded by his family, Monday, Aug. 19, 2013.

He was born in Sandusky, Oct. 15, 1963, to Raymond and Sharon (Ball) Sleek. Russell attended EHOVE Joint Vocational school for Auto Collision Repair, but dropped out his senior year. He worked in various body shops for 18 years perfecting his skills and obtaining numerous job related certifications.

Russell obtained his GED in February 1999, then he attended the University of Toledo obtaining his teaching certificate, which began his teaching career.

On Sept. 27, 1986, he married Katie Wilson and she survives in Gibsonburg. Russell enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, especially his grandson Brayden. He was a member of Grace Community Church, Sandusky County Sportsman Club, the NRA, National Muzzle Loading Assoc., Single Action Shooting Society, and enjoyed Cowboy Action Shooting events as the alias “Tommy Newton."

Russell also enjoyed his Goldwing motorcycle, fishing, shooting, and had just participated in his first long-range match this past Saturday and was very proud of his results. Russell took great pride in being a Christian role model and mentor. He loved his job and took this mentoring role very seriously. He worked as an Auto Collision instructor at Vanguard Sentinel for 14 years.

Russell is survived by his wife, Katie of Gibsonburg; children, Alexandria Sleek of Gibsonburg, Brittney (Mark Poupard) Sleek of Toledo, Stephanie Sleek of Fremont; grandson, Brayden; brother, Randy (Heather) Sleek; niece and nephew, Cameron and Ava Sleek of Sandusky; and his mother, Sharon Sleek of Sandusky.

He was preceded in death by his father; and grandson, Jaiyden.

Visitation will be 2-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, at Herman-Kinn-Veh Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Gibsonburg. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 23, at the funeral home, Pastor Daniel Dundore officiating. Burial will follow at West Union Cemetery, Gibsonburg.

Donations can be sent to Russ Sleek Scholarship Fund at Vanguard Tech Center, Fremont.

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