Russell "Buck" Frank Meyerl II

January 4, 1950June 7, 2021

Russell Frank Meyerl II (Buck) 71, of Grandin, Florida passed away, on June 7, 2021 after a brief illness. Buck was born on January 4, 1950 to Clara Elizabeth Shannon. Buck was a United States Marine and served two tours in Vietnam.

Buck married the love of his life, Nancy Slevinski in 1976 in Franklin, North Carolina. In 1976, their first daughter Jessica was born, followed by their second daughter, Melissa in 1978. Buck worked and retired from Florida Power and Light. Buck enjoyed duck hunting on Lake Okeechobee, fishing, and trips to the Keys. He had a passion for his family, his friends, and life in general. Buck had a personality that captured the hearts of anyone he encountered. He will be sorely missed by everyone who knew and loved him.

Buck is preceded in death by his Mother, Clara Shannon, Wife, Nancy Meyerl, and Sister, Susan Marchant. Buck is survived by his daughters, Jessica Finch (Jeff), Melissa Higginbotham (Eddie), Grandsons, Jacob and Caleb Finch, Sister, Jane Striker, Brother, Dean Dobbs, numerous nieces and nephews, and friends who are considered family.

The family would like to thank everyone for the numerous phone calls, messages, and visits that have been extended during this time. We would also like to thank Haven Hospice for the incredible services they provided for Buck.

A celebration of life will be held in Buck’s honor (per his wishes) at a later date. Arrangements made by Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home, Beaches Chapel.


  • Jessica Meyerl Finch (Jeff Finch), Daughter
  • Melissa Meyerl Higginbotham (Eddie Higginbotham), Daughter
  • Jacob Finch, Grandson
  • Caleb Finch, Grandson
  • Jane Striker, Sister
  • Dean Dobbs, Brother


  • Celebration of Life

    Saturday, July 24, 2021


Russell "Buck" Frank Meyerl II

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Stephanie Bischof

June 18, 2021

My Uncle Buck!!! I have nothing but great memories spending time with him and my Aunt Nancy. I am so sad that he is gone but I know he is reunited with her. I love you Mel and Jess


Larry Bennett

June 17, 2021

I never worked with anybody that kept me laughing the whole time like Buck did. He was always singing some John Fogerty song in a twangy voice or telling some off the wall joke. I will go to my grave remembering this Brother. He was truly a friend to all of us at Putnam Plant. Thank you Buck for being a part of our lives for so many years. We will miss “The Pipe”

Melissa Higginbotham

June 17, 2021

My daddy. There is no one else like you and no one will ever be able to fill your shoes. You always provided for Mom, Jessica and myself and always put others before yourself. 43 years with you was not long enough but I know one day we will reunite again. I am heartbroken but I am also at peace knowing you are no longer missing the love of your life. I will miss you everyday and I will love you forever. See you on the other side, daddy. Love, Melvie ❤

Mike DeMarcus

June 17, 2021

Buck was one of the greatest and funniest men that you could ever meet. He mentored me during my working career at FPL, but more importantly taught me the importance of family and friendship. He married the love of his life and raised two great daughters. I would say that made him one of the richest men in the world! Until we meet again my friend.

Dean Dobbs

June 16, 2021

My big brother; I always looked up to you while we were growing up! Some of my favorite memories are of you and Nancy and the girls!
I will miss you but I know I will see you again!

Jessica Finch

June 16, 2021

I will love you forever. You were an amazing provider for your family. You never met a stranger, and had a way to make anyone laugh despite the circumstances. My boys are so lucky to have had such a man to look up to and learn from. Our lives will never be the same without you in it. I look forward to the day when we are all reunited in heaven. I'll love you forever, your baby girl, jessica.

Mike Woodall

June 16, 2021

Buck was one of my close friends on the road. Whenever I got to a site and I saw Buck, I new it was going to be a great outage. He was always so laid back. I later got the opportunity to meet Miss Nancey and understood why he was that way. He had already won the best girl in the world. Even though we didn’t see each other that often, we always new we were there. He will be missed. Take care my brother.