Matthew C. Russell

October 6, 1984September 15, 2013

On the evening of Sunday, September 15, 2013, Matthew Christopher Russell, 28, was peacefully healed by Our Savior when He took him home. Visitation will be on Thursday, September 19, 2013, from 5pm through 8pm at The Runge Mortuary and Crematory. The burial and funeral with Military Honors will occur Friday, September 20, 2013 at 10:00am on the Rock Island Arsenal. The procession will leave Runge Funeral Home at 9:15am. Following the burial there will be a reception at 11:00am at Adventure Christian Community, 6509 Northwest Blvd., Davenport, IA 52806. In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to Adventure Christian Community with “Matt Russell” in the memo. Online condolences may be expressed at Matt was born on October 6, 1984, in Moline, Illinois. Along with his brothers Christopher Russell, Garrett Truman, and Parker Truman, he was a constant source of joy and chaos to parents Annette and Brad. Matt loved his parents and brothers which was shown through his constant pranks. He graduated from Pleasant Valley High School in 2003. He proudly served in the United States Marine Corp from 2003 through 2008 serving two tours in Iraq. After serving in the Marine Corp he worked at the Rock Island Arsenal. Matt was a business major attending four years at St. Ambrose University. Matt promised his life to his soulmate Deena on July 19, 2012 and was a loving, dedicated husband. He was very attentive to her and enjoyed showering her with surprises, taking her to dinner and the movies, and especially cuddling on the couch at home and watching their favorite shows together. Between them had five children whom he adored: Alex, Elizabeth, Camden, Isaac, and Olivia. Matt was very much a family man and enjoyed family activities especially backyard fires, gardening, going to the zoo, family movie nights, family wrestling matches, and even painting finger and toe nails (on the girls only!). He was constantly working on his many projects in and out of the house (the neighbors will surely miss the spotlights in the middle of the night!). Matt had a very big and kind heart and will be missed by his many friends and family. He is survived by his wife Deena Russell (Davenport), son Camden Russell (McCausland), step-children: Alex, Liz, Isaac, and Liv; parents: Annette DeSmet (Nevada) and Brad Truman (Bettendorf); brothers: Chris Russell (Davenport), Garrett (Samantha) Truman (Nevada), and Parker Truman (Nevada); sisters: Alli Johnston (Illinois) and Bella Russell (Illinois) ; grandparents: Bob DeSmet (Illinois) and Kathy (Harold) Neilsen (Illinois), and Suzi Russell (Illinois); and many aunts, uncles, cousins, a niece, and a nephew. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Joan and Dwayn Truman.


  • Visitation Thursday, September 19, 2013
  • Graveside Service Friday, September 20, 2013

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September 26, 2013

To the Truman/Russell family,
I don't know if you will remember me. Jim (now deceased) and I knew the Truman family for many years while attending First Christian Church in Davenport. I wanted to express my deepest sympathy to all of you following the tragic loss of Matt. There are no words that will heal the grief you are going through so I will just say you will be in my thoughts and prayers as you travel a difficult road. May God bless you and give you strength and courage in the days ahead.
Kay Moneysmith, Sarasota, Florida

Nrad Ueager

September 23, 2013

John Russell, I can't imagine your loss of your son. You and Bella are in our thoughts and prayers

Dawn Davis

September 21, 2013

Dearest Annette and family,
God has taken Matt to be healed and experience the ultimate in joy everlasting, until he can be with family again. God loves you all and is with you in this time of great sorrow and unimaginable loss. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers,

Mikki n Butch Jaeger

September 20, 2013

Deena n kids,
God trusts only the best to those who follow Him in all His ways. He loves you so much. May He send His Sonshine to hold your tears and keep His loving arms around you and the kids. Our hearts break for your loss. Much love n Hugs, Mikki n Butch Jaeger in Texas.

Carrie Truman-Jacobsen

September 20, 2013

The Russell and Truman families,
We send our sincere sympathies to all of you. So very sorry to hear of Matt's passing. I will cherish the fond memories of Matt as a little boy. Annette you were such a Great mother to Matt & Chris. Remember all the memories that you shared together. He truly loved you with his whole heart & soul. God's Blessings bestowed upon you. Our Love, Carrie & Mike Jacobsen and Josh & Joe Truman.

Mike Heiser

September 20, 2013

Brad and Annette,
You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Mike and Becky Heiser

Anne Schiller

September 19, 2013

John, Julie & family,
I am truley sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts & prayers. God bless ALL of you.

Stephanie Meyer

September 19, 2013

Deena -
It is hard to find the words to express my sympathy for you and the kids. I am so very sorry for your loss. Keep your memories of Matt vibrant and close to your heart. Praying for all of you during this difficult time.

Wayne Stevens

September 19, 2013

I worked with Matt for several years, and proud of the association. He was well known for dedication and persistence, his smile and humor, too. Prayers to the family of this fine young man and Marine. RIP Matt.

De'Neen DeWitt

September 19, 2013

Prayers for the Russell family. He was too young.... My heart goes out to you. Matt's life was cut short, and I pray for comfort and peace, while the family, grieves, and heals from this loss.