Edward Lee Russell, loving husband and father, returned home to his Heavenly Father December 3, 1994, following complications from cancer surgery.
Ed was born March 13, 1929 in Farmville, North Carolina to Ernest Linwood and Mary Jane Holloman Russell. He met his sweetheart Helen Young while they were both employed at Thiokol Corporation, and they married on April 24, 1960, and were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple on April 22, 1978. He served his country faithfully for six years in the Air Force during the Korean War, monitoring weather conditions at nuclear test sites throughout the world. He also served his community as a motorcycle police officer in Los Angeles throughout the tumultuous 1960's. Ed and his beloved Helen own and manage The Print Corrall and The Knit Corral in the Sugarhouse area. He has also published for many years the definitive directories of natural gas sources in the western United States. His initiative, industry and self-sufficiency have been an inspiration to all who knew him.A dedicated High Priest in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Ed has served faithfully in many callings. Dependability has been the hallmark of his service. As ward magazine director, he achieved 100% subscription rates for fifteen consecutive years, concluding his most recent efforts the day before entering the hospital.
Ed is survived by his dear wife Helen and their children: Alan S. Russell (Lolita) of North Hills, California; Dave E. Russell (Sheila) of Midway, Arkansas; and Angel Russell McDonald (Shane) of Salt Lake City; and two sisters: Mary Frances Hall of Farmville, North Carolina; and Rosa Reid Owens of Columbia, South Carolina. He is also survived by two children from a previous marriage: Richard Neal Hicks of Farmville, North Carolina; and Patricia Ann Hill of Ransome, Texas. He has 11 grandchildren and one great-grandson. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Carol Lynn Hicks, a son, E.L. Hicks, and two brothers, Albert Linwood Russell and William Stephen Russell.
Funeral services will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. in the Parleys Sixth Ward Chapel at 2350 So. 2100 East. A viewing will be held Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Wasatch Lawn Mortuary, 3401 S. Highland Drive, and prior to services at the church from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Interment will be in Brigham City, Utah.
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