John R. Russell

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

John R. Russell, 81 of Fort Dodge, Iowa. was called away from this earth to be with the Lord on January 6, 2022. He was surrounded by his loving children when he took his last breath.


Graveside memorial services will be held on Friday, June 17, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Cherokee, Iowa with military rites at the graveside by L.A. Wescott Post #2253 of the V.F.W. and the Cherokee American Legion.   Pastor Larry Ostercamp will officiate.  Online condolences may be left at


John was born on Dec 18, 1940 to Howard and Sophia Russell in Cherokee, Iowa. After graduating  from Washington High school with honors in 1959, he enlisted in the United States Airforce and attended Yale University in Connecticut.  He started his career with the FAA as an air traffic controller then  moved to Grand Island, Nebraska, where he met and married his beautiful wife, Frances Russell in 1979.  Together, they had three children: Kimberly, Brandon and Holly.  

Upon retiring after 35 years with the FAA  in 2000 , John, who was a talented artist, spent his time building model ships and airplanes.  John was an avid reader who loved reading about history, specifically, anything WW2 related.  He also enjoyed working on his cars,  crossword puzzles and meeting his buddies every afternoon. 


John is preceded in death by his parents, Howard/Sophia Russell and his bride, Frances Russell.  

He is survived, and will be dearly missed by his children, Kimberly Russell of Oak Grove, Missouri, Brandon Russell of Blue Springs, Missouri,  Holly Peters (Chris) of Gore, Oklahoma,  his sister Joan (Jim) Forcier of Cherokee, Iowa and his three grandchildren, Jacob, Lucas and Gracie.