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John David Russell

December 5, 1946January 31, 2020

On Jan. 31, 2020, John David Russell (Dave), age 73, passed away peacefully at home in Delray Beach, FL. with his wife of 32 years, Dorothy, by his side. He had fought valiantly against his lung disease for several years. A native of Michigan (Flint, Linden), he lived his final years in Boca Raton and Delray Beach. He was born on December 5, 1946 to John T. and E. Jean Russell, who preceded him in death. As Dave wished, cremation has taken place and there will be no services.

As a close friend said, Dave will be remembered by many as one of the “strongest and most authentic” of men a person could ever meet. He was brilliant, had a strategic mind, and had the capacity to study and learn many facets of life. From excelling in his golf game, to loving nature, growing the largest tomatoes, to conservative politics, good food/good wine, “ancient alien Fridays”, and more, he was a force with which to be reckoned. He loved lake living and spearheaded a grassroots effort in assuring the riparian rights (in perpetuity) of each home owner on Lobdell/Bennett Lake. This was one of his most proud achievements, benefiting hundreds of family homes on the lake. Over his lifetime he was a bank officer, a builder, a real estate associate.

He leaves behind his loving wife, Dorothy; daughter, Amber Russell Cooper (Daniel) of St. Louis; a step-son, Martin Smith, of NC; two wonderful granddaughters, Ashley and Alexis; sister, Sandra L. Jones (Bill) of FL; niece, Jane and nephew, Michael; sisters-in-law, Carole and Janet. He loved his family deeply and was incredibly proud of their achievements; his granddaughters were his pride and joy!

His wife would also like to thank the on-line friendships he made around the world in Kingdom Age, especially Joe, who helped him keep his mind strong and engaged, even as his physical health diminished. He treasured that community of friends each and every day.


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Joe Luther

February 4, 2020

Dave, you were a true friend and will be missed dearly. I know that you are in a better place now. Rest In Peace my friend.