David Alan Russell, 61, a former Baker City resident, died Aug. 26, 2005, at his mother’s home in Vale after a sudden illness.
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There will be no funeral. Disposition was by cremation. His cremains will be scattered at the same site as those of his brother, Fuller.
Dave was born on Jan. 13, 1944, at Randleman, N.C., to Paul T. and Verneta Mae Russell. He grew up in North Carolina, Idaho and Oregon.
After graduating from high school at Portland, he joined the U.S. Navy Seabees, serving on Guam and Okinawa. After his discharge from the Navy, he worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for several years. He then went to work for the chain saw division of Omark Corp.
Dave moved to Baker City in 1970 to be closer to his family. He was employed at Ellingson Timber Co., Plywood Division, until it closed. He then worked at the Kinzua Corp. Plywood mill at Heppner for several years until it too closed.
Dave then returned to Baker County and worked for several mining companies with his brother, Fuller W. Russell, until Fuller became ill. He died in 1998.
After that, Dave moved to Vale to assist in the care of his mother at her home.
Survivors include his mother, V. Mae Bjoin of Vale; a brother, William Z. Davis of Yamhill; a sister, Mary Lou Russell of Eagle Creek; a brother, Paul T. Russell of Baker City; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Paul T. Russell; and his brother, Fuller W. Russell.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, September 23, 2005
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor