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Russell R. Williams

April 11, 1926July 16, 2020

Dr. Russell R. (Doc) Williams, 94 of Waynesburg passed away Thursday July16, 2020. He was in remarkably good health until the time of his passing.

Russell was the son of William Howard and Nettie Lipscomb Williams. He was born in Lost Creek, West Virginia April 11, 1926.

Russ was a graduate of Gambier High School in Gambier, Ohio Class of 1944. Upon graduating, he put himself through Kenyon College earning a BS and then joined the Army and served in the Medical Corp. in the Korean War.

He met his late wife Carol Garber, the love of his life, and they married October 17, 1953. Russell worked through his Master’s Degree and PhD in Parasitology and Entomology from Ohio State University at the same time he was navigating his way through fatherhood. Russell and Carol had three children during this time. Dr. Williams was the foremost Bat Parasitologist in the Eastern US for many years and he discovered a new species of parasite and named it Aganthatrium, he wrote about it in his doctoral thesis.

In 1962, he moved his young family to Waynesburg, PA to become a professor of Biology and Zoology, and was greatly admired by all he taught.

He is survived by his three children, Russell Dean Williams (Katherine), Huntington WVA., David Williams, Waynesburg and Susan Williams Stoy (Ken Aul) Washington; his granddaughter, Catherine (Jason) DeMarco; step grandchildren, Sarah and Phillip Bailey; and his older sister, Frances Curtis of Ft. Wayne, Ind.

Russell was an amateur artist and loved drawing, painting and photography. He enjoyed fishing and golf with his friends. He was an avid gardener, everyone loved admiring his flowers, and enjoying the fruits of his labor. When he wasn’t gardening in the winter months he was bowling. He bowled with several leagues over the years up until 2019. One of his favorite past times for many years was playing a convincing Santa Claus to his wife’s Carol’s Mrs. Claus. He was a kind and soft-spoken man, known to throw out the occasional witty remark. He will always be remembered and greatly cherished by all of those who loved him.


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Karen Christian Hughes

August 12, 2020

Dr. Williams was a close friend to my late dad, Dr. Donald Christian. Don passed away just 2 months prior to Dr. Williams. They are certainly playing a round of poker in heaven.

Carl Carnein

July 23, 2020

Russ was another one of the "good guys". Nell and I send our condolences to his family.

Albie Rinehart

July 23, 2020

I was truly sorry to hear of Mr. William's passing. He was my neighbor, my friend and my college professor. He was a positive factor in my life and in the lives of many others.

Albie Rinehart

Sherry Arnold

July 22, 2020

“Doc” was always one of our favorite neighbors. We always enjoyed talking with him and even our little white dog enjoyed his company. We will miss you “Doc.” Rest In Peace.
The Arnold Family

Carol Mankey

July 22, 2020

Doc was truly a gentleman and a scholar! Jake and I were blessed to have him as a friend and co-worker. Despite his many accomplishments and higher education, he was always willing to roll up his sleeves and work right along aside you. His ethics and true humility was an inspiration that made this world a better place. We will miss you, Doc.
Carol and Jake Mankey

Brad Mackey

July 22, 2020

So many superlatives I could say about Doc. I enjoyed the times we got to spend together. If someone asked me to come up with one word to describe him, it would be gentleman. I’ll miss Doc, but I know he’s with Carol again and is happy.
What are we playing Doc? 3x4

Tim Mankey

July 22, 2020

Thanks Doc!
You were a fascinating person to be around. I loved being in your presence with my dad (Jake) because he loved you so much.
We accomplished so much over the years working together.
I learned patience from you and also to observe the tiniest of God's creations (plants and bugs) and to appreciate them.
Thanks for being such a great friend to my whole family!
We love you!! ,
The Tim Mankey Family

Frances Curtis

July 21, 2020

I was very proud of all the accomplishments my brother achieved through out his lifetime. Some fond memories are the funniest ones. When as children he would always dump my mud cakes that I made. He would leave all my dolls in the orchard and the pigs would chew them up. He will truly be missed.

Cathy Fredrickson

July 21, 2020

Just wanted to share a few memories. My mom shared stories of the two of them growing up which help me know Uncle Russell better. We visited a few times and I do remember him as a very witty and laid back man. Also what a cat lover he was and all the cats that ran their house. The time he took us on a tour of his classroom at the college and you could tell his love for his job. Enjoyed listening to my mom and Uncle Russell talk about their lives growing up when we visited. Wished that could have happened more often. He will be reunited with his better half and live on in his families hearts.

Tom Andrews

July 20, 2020

Russell and I were colleagues at Waynesburg university for many years. He was a highly respected and dedicated professor. We served on many committees together and I always found him to be insightful, helpful, and truly committed to his students. He inspired many students to go on in the professional biology. It was my honor to serve with him over those many years.
Dr. Tom Andrews


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