Lawrence “Rusty” Russell, 79, 2408 Peck St., died Friday, May 5, 2000, at the Portage County Health Care Center. He had been in ill health since March.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church with the Rev. Donald Przybylski officiating. Burial will be in Guardian Angel Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Shuda Funeral Chapel and again from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral chapel. American Legion Post 6, of which he was a member, will hold a ritual at 6:30 p.m. Monday, and a general rosary will be prayed at 7 p.m.
Memorials have been established in his name in lieu of flowers to the American Legion Post 6 Baseball Club, the Portage County Humane Society, Stevens Point YMCA Youth Summer Camp and St. Stanislaus Church.
Mr. Russell was born July 9, 1920, in Stevens Point, a son of the late Carl and Anna (Ceplina) Russell. He attended St. Stanislaus Elementary School and graduated from P.J. Jacobs High School in 1937.
He served in the Wisconsin National Guard from 1936-1939. He then served in the U.S. Army Air Force and was honorably discharged in 1945.
He was married to Bernice Kostuchowske on Oct. 23, 1939, at St. Peter Catholic Church. She died March 18, 1993.
They settled in Stevens Point after their marriage.
He began working at the Soo Line Railroad in the late 1940s and retired as a conductor in 1982.
He was active in American Legion Post 6, serving as membership chairman for many years, as well as serving on the executive committee. He also spent many years on the board of directors of the American Legion Post 6 Baseball Club. He was awarded the adult volunteer award by the baseball team in 1992.
Survivors include three daughters, Barbara (William) Reed, Stevens Point, Patricia (Howard) Anderson, Green Bay, and Kathleen Russell, Milwaukee; two sons, Lawrence Jr. (Marcia), Girrard, Pa., and William, Palm Springs, Calif.; two sisters, Mae (George) Spangle, Stevens Point, and Elaine Pflugardt, Plover; one brother, Robert (Mary Ann), Stevens Point; five grandchildren; and three great-granddaughters.
He was also preceded in death by one sister.