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Obituary: RUSSELL, ROBERT

Robert Frank Russell1923 ~ 2013Robert Frank Russell, age 90, peacefully passed away surrounded by family on November 29, 2013 at his home in Salt Lake City, Utah from kidney failure. He was born August 31, 1923 in Eureka, Utah to Aleith Allred and Frank Ivan Russell. While a small child, Bob was butted by a billy goat off the porch and into the rose bushes. He claimed, "Life's been a bed of roses ever since." At the age of five, his family moved to Salt Lake City. He and his 3 brothers had fond memories of spending summers during the Depression at his aunt's home in Spring City.Bob taught himself to play the piano and enjoyed playing boogie-woogie for friends and family. After graduating from South High School in 1940, he enlisted in the Navy and became a fighter squadron aviator in 1944, later advancing to Lt. Junior Grade, with assignments flying on aircraft carriers. Following WWII, he enjoyed flying war planes home to their stations as he served in a Navy ferry squadron.He attended the University of Utah, receiving a B.S. with Honors in Accounting. On May 22, 1952, he married Marjorie Elida Swift, literally the girl next door, and immediately went to work for Eastman Kodak Stores in San Francisco, later becoming the office and credit manager for the Los Angeles stores. He brought his family back to Salt Lake City in 1966 as the Kodak Stores manager. Bob later returned to the University of Utah, earning his MBA in 1979, and worked as a budget and accounting officer for the State of Utah. He is survived by his loving wife, daughters Debbie Hough (Rick) and Robin Bateman (Chris). He is the proud grandfather of 7; great-grandfather of 7; and great, great-grandfather of 6. He was preceded in death by his daughter Carol Lee Allen Griffin, his parents, and his brothers Mack, Don, and Dick.A visitation will be held on Thursday, December 5, from 7:00-8:00 p.m. at Mountain View Memorial Mortuary, 3115 East 7800 South, in Salt Lake City, Utah. A private family viewing will be held on Friday, December 6, at 1:30 p.m. at the same location, with graveside services to follow at 2:00. Online memories or condolences may be shared at www.memorialutah.com