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Phone: (262) 654-3533
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William Russell

Gary "Straw" Russell

Monday, August 21st, 1950 - Sunday, December 30th, 2018
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Gary “Straw” Russell, 68, of Kenosha, passed away on Sunday, December 30, 2018, at his residence.
Born in Chicago, IL, on August 21, 1950, he was the son of the late William Russell and Violet (Lund) Russell. A lifelong resident of Kenosha, he was educated in local schools and graduated from Mary D. Bradford High School.
Straw was employed by Snap-On and later Tecomet as a polisher. He will be remembered for being the “best guy in the world”, as he was encouraging, dependable, and helpful. Gary enjoyed cooking and entertaining, his Harley motorcycle, his seat at Bill’s Corner Club, and bowling.
He is survived by his three children, Diana (Brian) Rogers of NC, Casey (Stephanie) Russell of Kenosha, and Heather (Jamie) Jones of VA; six grandchildren, Cameron, Gavin, Riley, Emily, Christopher, and Noah; and many friends he considered his family.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, January 6th, at Proko Funeral Home, from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. Interment will be private.
Proko Funeral Home & Crematory
5111-60th Street
Kenosha, WI 53144
Phone: (262) 654-3533
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    Sunday, January 6th, 2019 | 1:00pm - 3:00pm
    Sunday, January 6th, 2019 1:00pm - 3:00pm
    Proko Funeral Home & Crematory
    5111-60th Street
    KENOSHA, WI 53144
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Jayne Kevek

Posted at 03:21pm
We are so sotry for your loss! Your father was an amazing man and will be missed! Our thoughts and prayers go out to Emily, Jamie, and Heather. May he rest in peace.

Jim Hastings

Posted at 07:58am
I couldn't think of a more generous person and was always welcomed into his home. Anyone who kept a box of dog biscuits available for visiting dogs (even though he didn't own one) speaks volumes of the kind person he was. I will miss you, my friend.

Greg, Kirsten, and Jason.

Posted at 08:30pm
We are sorry to hear of Gary's passing, he was in some of our fondest childhood memories. God Bless Him and our deepest condolences to you all.
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Courtney Fournier

Posted at 09:25pm
I will forever hold your dad's laugh/chuckle in my memories. He always spoke so highly of you guys and we always had a couple of laughs when he came into my work. He is another wonderful angel looking over you all and us. My heart goes out you all. - courtney

Kathy Ryan Tenuta

Posted at 09:24pm
Straw was absolutely one of the finest people I have ever known....from reluctantly 😊 sharing his lunch with me in 10th grade to being forever everyone else, my heart is broken. Ride free my sympathy to all.

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