Russell Navarre

September 1, 1929June 26, 2014
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Russell Navarre Sr. Age 84 Russell is survived by his long-time companion Sharlene Peterson. He is also survived by his children: Darlene (Stephen) Darley, Russell J. (Robin) Navarre, David J. (Melissa) Navarre and Robert J. (Lynda) Navarre, and grandchildren: Alex, Maya and James.

Russ enjoyed fishing, fitness and the outdoors. He earned a black belt in Judo. Russ was an extremely motivated individual in his personal and professional life. He was a distinguished member of Toastmasters International.

Russ served in the United States Coast Guard on the USCGC Woodbine. He also traveled overseas as a member of the Merchant Marines.

Although he came from humble beginnings, growing up in St. Francis Home, he rose above his circumstances and made a better life for himself. Russ worked in the transportation industry before becoming a business entrepreneur. Russ became a respected member of the community taking pride in raising his family in Livonia where he was a Boy Scout leader and coach.

Visitation will take place at Harry J. Will Funeral Home 37000 Six Mile Rd. Livonia, MI 48152 on Sun. June 29th from 3-5 pm. The funeral service will take place at the funeral home on Mon. June 30th at 11 am. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Francis Home.


  • Visitation

    Sunday, June 29, 2014

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, June 30, 2014


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Carlyle Carvalho

August 27, 2014

It was a pleasure to work with Russ. As part of my team in the Division, he could always be counted on to lead his area and be a stellar example as a model Toastmaster. You will be fondly remembered, Russ!

Ida Vance

July 29, 2014

I was quite fond of Russ, a man of great stature. He always greeted me with warmth, kindness and a friendly smile. You could tell he really enjoyed his involvement with Toastmasters.

Dear Sharlene and family members: When the Lord calls our loved ones home, He leaves a gift of memories in exchange!

May all of your memories bring a smile to your faces, over and over and over.

With warmest regards,

Ivory D. Williams

July 18, 2014

Russ was a Toastmasters' Toastmaster...a man's man and my friend. You can't think of Russ without smiling...


July 7, 2014

Russ and I go back several years in Toastmasters. We pulled each other out of warm water before it got too hot. I especially remember the time that he volunteered me to be Area Governor of Area 17. I helped him out with his Division contests several times; he helped me out with my area contests.

I have just too many memories of Russ to post here.

My condolences to the family.

Mike Leak

July 1, 2014

We had the privilege of getting to know Russ as part of the Coast Guard Cutter Woodbine Reunion Group. For the last 25 years, we would gather for nearly a week each August in Grand Haven, MI for the Coast Guard Festival and our Woodbine Reunion. We were a family and both Russ and Sharlene were a big part of it. Russ served in various leadership roles in our group and led as our Chairman for several years.

Russ, you will be dearly and greatly missed by all of us but you have now docked in your "home port." We celebrate both your life and your Christian witness! But you have now sailed across the sea to your Heavenly Home.

Until we meet again, Semper Paratus. God Bless.

Milena Cankovic

July 1, 2014

Rest in peace Russ. I will miss you.

Jeanne Beauviais

June 30, 2014

Russ will be missed greatly. I served as area and district governor in Toastmasters with him, He was always willing to help out.

Steve Miller

June 30, 2014

Russ and I served as Toastmaster Area Governors together. Since we live close by, we often rode together to the District Council meetings in Monroe. Russ had so much energy, I thought he was about 10 years younger. I'll always remember the test speech he gave for our Area Evaluation contest in which he spoke about getting down on his knees and praying.

Dawn Nakamura

June 29, 2014

Russ was such a joy to us at Toastmasters. I always looked forward to seeing his face at the different Toastmasters events. He always had a smile for everyone he saw.

Jim & Helen Mitchell

June 28, 2014

Russ will be missed dearly. He had a great outlook on life and always had a joke and a smile. His energy was boundless. Our sincere condolence to the family and Sharlene. May he rest in peace with our Lord.