Paul Owen Russell

August 17, 1943October 6, 2021

PEKIN ~ Paul Owen “Pud” Russell, Jr., 78, of Pekin, passed away at 8:25 p.m. Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at Pekin Manor.

Born August 17, 1943 in Princeton to Paul Owen, Sr. and Gladys (Isaacson) Russell, he married Mary Ann Wirtz on December 2, 1967 in LaSalle.

Surviving are his wife, Mary Ann Russell; two sons, Chris (Megan) Russell of LaSalle and Nick Russell of Pekin; and one grandson, Gavin Lambert of Pekin.

He was preceded in death by his parents and stepfather, Clarence Schertz.

Paul worked for Caterpillar, Inc. for over 30 years, retiring in 2003 from the Morton Parts Facility.

He had a great interest in UFOs and was a member of MUFON.

Paul enjoyed fishing, traveling, and music, especially blues and jazz.

No services are planned at this time.

Arrangements are by Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.

Memorial contributions may be made the Miller Senior Citizens Center Transportation Program, 551 South 14th Street, Pekin, Illinois 61554.

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Kevin Bennett

October 13, 2021

I will miss see n and talking to Paul when I would mow the lawn never new what we were go n to talk about

David Finkbeiner

October 11, 2021

My condolences to Mary Ann, Chris, Megan, Nick, Gavin, and all of Paul's friends...

I've known Paul for roughly 20 years and was deeply saddened to hear of his passing. There wasn't a time that went by that if I was in company that included Paul that he'd always bring up his "adventures" related to the Spoon River. A few years ago Paul offered to give a few of us a tour of the Spoon River as he knew it. We took him up on it and it's an excursion that I've never forgotten. I'm grateful to Paul for having shown us parts of Illinois that I and no doubt the rest of us had never been to. REST IN PEACE, MY FRIEND!

Dave Finkbeiner

Judy Smith

October 10, 2021

I’m so sorry for your loss of Paul. Always enjoyed talking with him at the Wellness Center.He was such a nice person with a great sense of humor.

Vicky Kahlo Thompson

October 10, 2021

I first met Paul & Mary Ann when we were neighbors. I have many fond memories of babysitting while they attended concerts and Bradley University ballgames. My heart goes out to you all.

Diana Lee

October 10, 2021

Paul was a wonderful friend and always so fun and interesting. He will always be missed. My heart and prayers are with you Mary Ann and all of the family.

David Marler

October 8, 2021

I will always have fond memories of Paul. I met Paul approximately 25-30 years ago due to our shared interest in the UFO subject. He was always curious and wanting to seek answers. We became part of a tight knit group in Illinois back in the day. His smile and sense of humor was always an added bonus to times we spent together. I never heard a bad word said of Paul nor did I ever hear him speak ill of anyone. A true gentlemen and friend. You will be truly missed. All my best to Paul’s great family during this sad time. Here’s hoping he found the answers he forever sought.

Daniel Slabaugh

October 8, 2021

Paul was one of my most friendly and interesting friends. My pleasure to have spent time with him .---Dan Slabaugh

Wilbur & Holly Irving

October 8, 2021

Mary Ann & boys, You have are deepest sympathy in your loss . Mother enjoyed going on little trips with you , and of course as you know Mother was into the UFO's also. Rest in Peace Paul

Patricia Ann Weber

October 8, 2021

So very sorry for your loss Mary Ann. We always enjoyed talking with you and Paul at the fence where our backyards met. Paul was a very sweet guy.
Old 10th street neighbors,
Harold and Patty Weber

Marj Oesch

October 7, 2021

Thinking of the whole family at this very sad time...
I met Mary Ann and Paul when I had Nicholas in Kindergarten at Starke School and continued to touch base with them over the years at interesting venues around Central Illinois (like Fort Creve Coeur Rendezvous!) My son, Myles, hung out with the talented, Gavin Lambert and I was pleasantly surprised to find out Paul and Mary Ann were Gavin's grandparents! Such a Small World...
Sorry to hear of Paul's passing... Take care!
Marj Oesch
L. E. Starke School