William C. Russell

Mar 11, 2019
Russell, William Crop


2:00 p.m. Thursday March 14, 2019 at River's Edge Christian Church, 1247 Cedar Bend St., Waterloo


Noon – 2:00 p.m. Thursday at the church


Garden of Memories Cemetery with military honors by Waterloo American Legion Post #138, Waterloo VFW Post #1623, and Iowa Army National Guard Funeral Honor Guard


May be directed to the church or Waterloo Salvation Army


William Charles Russell, 99, of Davenport, IA, formerly of Waterloo, IA, died Monday, March 11, 2019, at Clarissa Cook Hospice Home, Bettendorf, IA.

William was born February 15, 1920, in Webb, IA, son of William Franklin and Kathryn Elizabeth Briggs Russell

He graduated from Dickson, IL High School in 1940. He served in U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II in the European Theater and honorable discharged with rank of S Sgt. In 2013, he went on the Veterans Honor Flight to Washington, DC.

William married Jeanne Millett in 1942 and they divorced. He married Lena K. Barbee in December 1952 and they divorced. William and Jeanne reunited in marriage March 3, 1991; she died February 11, 1999.

He worked at John Deere for seven years, and retired in 1983 as a maintenance superintendent from the Waterloo Rec Center after 14 years. After retirement, he worked at Russell's Automotive, Econo-Foods, County Market, John Lamb Service Station, Smitty's Tire & Appliance, and other service stations.

He was a member of River's Edge Christian Church, Waterloo American Legion Post #138, and volunteered at the food bank. He enjoyed working on cars, casinos, playing cards, camping and boating. He loved his country and dogs.

William is survived by his daughter, Pam Roper of Independence; three sons, William C. Russell II, of Waterloo, David (Anne) Russell of Davenport, and Scott (Evelyn) Russell of Waterloo‚ IA; step-daughter, Bette Tarantino of WA; step-son, Ralph (Mary) O'Neil of Orting‚ WA; 16 grandchildren and 4 step grandchildren; 29 great grandchildren and 6 step great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his grandson Michael Russell; two sisters, Evelyn Waters, and Lorene Brink.

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  1. Keith and Sharon | Mar 14, 2019

    Dear Pam, Bill and Scott,

    You are in our prayers and we know you were the best kids Bill Sr. could have asked for! What a blessing you were to him and are to us!! Where does our help come from? Our help comes from the Lord, Maker of heaven and earth. There is life to be lived for you--finish well!! We love you!

  2. Keli Weston (O'Neill) | Mar 13, 2019
    Grampa Bill was such a great man. Though I hadnt seen him in almost 20 years I thought of him often. He made a big impact on my life. My childhood summers were spent with him and my grandma in Iowa and he supplied many amazing memories in my youth. Thank you Grandpa Bill for being so loving and patient with my brother and sister and me, and for caring for Grandma Jeane till the very end. 
  3. Gene logsdon | Mar 13, 2019
    i ate lunch with him at the salvation army and became a good friend over the years i have always called him grandpa he will be missed rip my dear friend
  4. Margie Domergue | Mar 12, 2019
    My condolences to the Russell family. Grandpa Bill was my sister Ev’s father-in-law. Prayers for all.
  5. Dixie Hansen | Mar 12, 2019
    I didn't know William but I know his daughter- Pam Roper & her family. Prayers for all who loved him during this time of loss. 

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