Gerald Allen Russell, 82, of Mount Vernon, Illinois passed away at 5:00 P.M. March 12, 2018. He was born October 13, 1935 in Richview, Illinois to the late Thomas Beal and Carrie (Randall) Russell.
Gerald is survived by his spouse; children, Carla Diane Haynes and husband, Terry of Mount Vernon, Illinois, David Ryan Russell and wife, Melissa of Tamaroa, Illinois, and Laura Dawn; grandchildren, Andrew Haynes of Mount Vernon, Illinois, Sky, and Alyson; siblings, Charles Gene Russell and wife, Betty of Mount Vernon, Illinois, Donald Russell and wife, Nancy of Richview, Illinois, Lorraine Pitchford of Richview, Illinois, Phyllis Mitchell of Mount Vernon, Illinois, and Marilyn Besancenez and husband, Bob of Largo, Florida; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Gerald was preceded in death by his siblings, Thomas L. Russell, Stanley Russell, and Betty Russell; siblings-in-law, Lester Pitchford, Don Mitchell, and Dorothy Russell; and niece, Gayle Russell Green.
Gerald proudly served his country in the United States Army from 1959-1960. He was a farmer and worked at the Mount Vernon Elevator for 43 years. He was a member of Park Avenue Baptist Church. Gerald was dearly loved and will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
A Graveside Service will be held Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 10:30 A.M. at Richview Cemetery in Richview, Illinois with Reverend Merle Fullerton officiating. Interment will follow. Memorials may be made in Gerald’s honor to Richview Cemetery.