Jerry K. Russell
COTTAGE GROVE – — Jerry K. Russell, age 77, died on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison.
He was born on Oct. 3, 1935, in Cordova, Ala., the son of Noah (Bunt) and Irene Russell. After graduation from Cordova High School he entered the U.S. Army and served in various assignments, including a tour of duty in Korea. After being discharged from the Army, he worked for the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad and later owned his own business. He reentered the military in 1977 and retired from the U.S. Army and Wisconsin National Guard as a Chief Warrant Officer Four. After his retirement he served in a civilian capacity as the State Insurance Administrator for the Wisconsin National Guard Insurance Program. He was a former member of the VFW Post No. 5658, Elberta Ala., American Legion Post No. 44, Foley, Ala., and presently the American Legion Post No.248, in Cottage Grove, WI. Jerry was a past member of Monona Grove Businessmen’s Assoc., BPOE, National Guard Executive Director Assoc., and a lifetime member of the National Guard Officers Assoc.
He is survived by his wife, Sharon; son, Kevin (Kelly) Russell; daughter, Karmen (Scott) Norton, daughter, Lallie (Jeff) Greinert; and seven grandchildren, Nick and Kyle Russell, Connor, Hannah and Carlie Norton and Jakob and Thomas Greinert; three brothers, Phillip (Linda) Russell, Clanton AL, Ronnie (Janice) Russell and Rodney (Betty) Russell of Cordova, Ala. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Jerry was preceded in death his parents; his sisters, Patsy (Nelson) Barnett and Janice (Byron) Miller. His children and grandchildren were the joy of his life.
At Jerry’s request, there will not be a service or visitation. His wish would be for you to spend the time required for those activities to be spent with friends and family enjoying other activities instead. A special thanks for all of your efforts go out to the Cottage Grove EMT, Fire and Police Department and the emergency room staff at St. Mary’s Hospital. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association. Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com .
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