Kenneth Russell, 72, of Jefferson died Saturday, December 23, 2017 at Greene County Medical Center Long Term Care.
A Service of Remembrance was held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, December 28 at Central Christian Church in Jefferson with Rev. Sheldon Henderson of Central Christian Church and Bruce Webster of Church of Christ officiating. Casket bearers were Rob Russell, Gary Russell, John Russell, Dale Finch, Jane Finch and Andrew Wiskus. The musical selections were “The Old Rugged Cross” and “Amazing Grace.” Larry Dowd was the soloist accompanied by Rita Rasmussen. Interment was at Jefferson Cemetery.
Kenneth Roy Russell, son of Farel Evelyn Lakey Russell and Roy Raymond Russell, was born in Jefferson, Iowa on September 10, 1945. Kenny grew up near Jefferson and attended school in Scranton. After Kenny got out of school he began to do concrete work with his dad. Over the years he had other jobs working in construction. For a while he worked for Jack Ure and Fullerton Lumber.
On July 31, 1982, Kenny was united in marriage to Loy Helen Davis at the Church of Christ. They made their home in Jefferson. Kenny was a member of the Central Christian Church in Jefferson.
He had numerous interests. Kenny was a citizen band radio operator for many years. He went by the name of “Kenworth” when he was on the radio. He also enjoyed going to all of the stock car races on Friday and Saturday nights, and watching NASCAR on television. He was a long time member of the Lincoln Highway Association, and helped out at the Lincoln Highway Museum in Jefferson for several years. He always enjoyed meeting all of the people who would stop by. He loved going to garage sales and flea markets. Through the years, Kenny and Loy traveled to Branson, Missouri many times to enjoy the shows.
Kenny also had many collections. His biggest collection was his caps, numbering over 1,000. Known in Jefferson as the hat guy, he spent many years as a Lincoln Highway advocate and a client of Genesis Development for over 15 years. He was a great example that one’s ability is determined by the size of their heart, and Kenny’s heart was pretty big!
Kenny was preceded in death by his parents; his two brothers, Bob and Jerry; a niece, Marjorie Peckumn; and his father and mother-in-law, Ellsworth and Norma Davis. He is survived by his wife, Loy Russell of Jefferson; his sister, Barb (Bill) Kendall of Jefferson; nieces, nephew, other relatives and many friends.
Kenworth, KNH-7106, has gone 10-7 for the final time.
Slininger-Schroeder Funeral Home and Cremation Services.