Lakeshore Memorial Services

11939 James Street, Holland, MI


Russell Howard Hambley

April 29, 1950September 6, 2019

Russell Hambley passed away unexpectedly, at his families farm; on Friday September 6, 2019, at the age of 69.

Russ is survived by his loving wife, Sara; three children, Todd (Addie), Nikolas (Jamie), and Trevor, and his grandchildren (Sam, Owen, Olivia, Alex and Alice). He is preceded in death by his parents, George Verne and Ruth Hambley, as well as his siblings George (Bud), Doris, Harold, Delbert, and Arthur.

His children remember him for his encouragement to pursue their own passions in life. His grandchildren, enjoyed helping “Gramps” (playing) at the farm, going for bike rides, and trips to Shermans Dairy.

He retired from Haworth after over thirty years of service. He was passionate about education, change, and the hobbies he pursued.

A Celebration of life is scheduled for Thursday, September 12, at 1pm to be held at Immanuel Church of Holland; 325 104th Ave. Holland, Michigan. All are welcome to attend. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Cedine Ministries IN Russ’ name. cedine.org

A reception will immediately follow the service.


  • Celebration of Life Thursday, September 12, 2019


Russell Howard Hambley

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Kara Byrum

September 11, 2019

We were so upset to hear the news of Uncle Russell! Always such a fun and easy going uncle. I have so many fond memories of him growing up and seeing him, Aunt Sarah, and the cousins more "our age" at the farm. Thinking of you all, wishing you hope in the midst of sorrow, comfort in the midst of pain. We will continue to pray for you all.
Love, Kara , Clark, Aleyna, Conrad, Lylah and Winston.

Debbie Wellman

September 11, 2019

Todd and family, I'm so sorry to hear about your dad! I truly enjoyed meeting him and talking with him on the Pacesetter Cruise. He was a great guy and know he will be missed. I'll keep you all dearly in my thoughts and prayers.
Debbie Wellman

Jodie Denley

September 11, 2019

I first met Russ in 2010. I was just starting to learn SAP. He was a great mentor and friend. I will truly miss him as many will. I am so sorry for your loss. I am praying for the family.

Patrick Perfitt

September 10, 2019

I met Russ just this spring after his ride on the Kal-Haven trail. We liked to talk about bikes and he always was riding a different and unique bike each time I bumped into him. We had made plans to ride the trail, but unfortunately, that didn't happen. He seemed like such a nice guy. I hope fond memories will bring peace for his friends and family.


Colleen Glass

September 10, 2019

Russell became an uncle when he was just a few days old. His siblings' children were close to his age, so he was like a favorite cousin to us and when we had meals at grandpa and grandma's house, he sat with us at the kids' table. We always had fun with him and wanted to spend time with him. In high school , Russell frequently spent weekends with us and we loved it!

One of my favorite times with Russell was the year we attended college together. He was a senior and I was a freshman. My friends had fun calling him "Uncle Russell." I met Sara, who was 17 years old, on their first date. I called her "Aunt Sara" for the rest of the year! After the school year ended, Russell and Sara became a "Mr. & Mrs" and she officially became an aunt.

In later years, we shared our joys and sorrows. I thought we had alot more time to make memories. I was not ready to say good-bye to Russell and will definitely miss him. My heart goes out to Sara, the boys & their families. May the Lord be with you in the days ahead and may you feel his overwhelmingly love.

Deni Plakke

September 10, 2019

So very sad for your loss, Sara
I hope your 3 boys and family console you during this
tough time.
Never met Russell, but pretty sure he was a wonderful husband and
father to your boys.
Could not find your phone number or I would have called.
Plakke (616) 399-5223

Mona and Scott Simpson

September 9, 2019

Our sincere condolences on the loss of your father, Todd. We hope that you and your family find the strength in the coming days to reflect on the beautiful memories you shared. May our friendship, sympathy and heartfelt condolences bring you comfort during this difficult time.

Adeline Hambley

September 9, 2019

A wonderful person I was lucky to call my Father-in-Law. He was always there with a helping hand, a quirky comment, and to support his grand kids. The world will have a lot less joy without him in it.

Mike Van Ess

September 9, 2019

Sara and family, my thought's and prayers are with you. Russ will be missed by many. I will miss him a lot.

Mike Van Ess