George L. Russell

| June 12, 2018

George L. Russell, 86, of Knox, went to be with the Lord on June 11, 2018.

He passed away at Clarion Hospital after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. George was born in York, Pennsylvania on November 18, 1931, to the late Howard (Howdy) and Catherine (Kay) Russell of Clarion, PA.

After graduating from Clarion High School, George joined the Navy and was stationed in California. After his time in the Navy, George became a Detective for The City of Azusa, Los Angeles County California. He was employed there from 10/1/62-6/11/76. George met and married his first love, Helene (Waldner) Russell while in California.

George and Helene then returned to Pennsylvania, to be closer to family. George was then employed for 23 years by Clarion County, as a Domestic Relations Judge. He retired in May of 2001.

George was preceded in death by his first wife Helene in 2002. George then married Esther P. (Hartman- Reott) Russell, of Knox on May 10, 2005, and she preceded him in death on April 14, 2018.

George enjoyed hunting, fishing, baseball and loved a good game of golf. He loved going to Pirate games and playing bingo at home with family. He was a member of the Mt. Joy United Methodist Church of Knox, PA. The American Legion was always a favorite place for George to meet up with friends. He was also a pilot and loved flying airplanes.

George will be missed by his loving daughter, Michelle Russell of Saint Petersburg, Florida; his son Greg and Susie Russell of Hanford, California and three grandchildren Ronnie and Erica of Hanford, Laura Leal of Hanford, and David Leal of Hanford, and six great-grandchildren Devin Leal, Makenna Leal, Damien Reyes, Noah Reyes, Ty Leal, and Monet Rios all of Hanford, California.

George’s memory will also be cherished by his step-son Charles K. Reott of Knox; step-grandchildren Benjamin (Mary Jo) Reott of Fielding, UT, Daniel (Baylee) Reott of Tremonton, UT, Isaac Reott of Thatcher, UT, Rachel (R.T.) Rex and Toni Forsythe of Knox, PA; his step-great-grandchildren Zoey Reott, Elijah Reott, Dominic Reott, Charles M. Reott, Tannon Butcher, Braylen Reott, Leland Reott, Saricity Reott, Jimi Reott, Paige Rex, Lily Rex, Bentley Rex, Justin Forsythe and Jadyn Forsythe; and his best and dearest friend, Jason Buckholz. Also surviving are 3 nephews; Robert (Bobby) Gross, Thomas Gross, and Allen Copenhaver.

George was preceded in death by his parents; his wives; two brothers, David Russell and William Russell and two sisters, Jackie Russell Cornell and JoAnn Russell Gross.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Friday, June 15, 2018, with funeral services immediately following at Goble Funeral Home located 330 Wood Street, Clarion PA.

A special thanks to the caregivers who provided companionship and care through the PDA Waiver Program.

Donations in George’s honor may be made to the Service Coordination Agency who managed his waiver services, Clarion Area Agency on Aging, 16 Venture Lane, Clarion PA, 16214.

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