Elbert “Tater” L. Russell, 90, of Connersville passed away Tuesday morning, February 13, 2018, at Whitewater Commons Senior Living in Liberty, Indiana.
One of six children of Elbert, Sr. and Nellie K. Lingman Russell, Elbert was born on October 31, 1927, in Connersville.
Elbert served his country in the United States Army during World War II, and he was employed at Rex Manufacturing and it’s successors for 56 years.
On January 6, 1983, Elbert married the former Martha McDaniels in Columbia, South Carolina. Mrs. Russell passed away May 28, 2012.
Elbert was a member of the Free and Accepted Masons, Myrtle Lodge #108 where he was a Master Mason and member of the Shriners and he was honored to have been named a Colonel by the governor of Kentucky. He was also a life member of both the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge #1160 and Fraternal Order of Eagles Connersville Aerie #1065. Elbert was a long-time member of the Amvets Post #11, VFW Post #571, and the American Legion Post #1. In his leisure time, he enjoyed playing softball.
Survivors include two children, Ron Russell of Connersville and Sandy (Edward) Clark of Connersville; six grandchildren, Shawn Russell, Ryan Russell, Kelly Allen, Destiny Russell, Chad Selke, Brad Blanton; three great-grandchildren, Annabelle Blanton, Christian Russell, Shawn Russell, Jr.; two sisters, Joyce (Johnny) Samples of North Carolina, Linda (Jerry) Roberts of Dublin, Indiana; a brother, Mendell Russell of Connersville; three sister-in-laws, Kristi Russell, Dorothy “Dot” Russell, and Juanita Russell, all of Connersville; several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Besides his wife of 29 years, Martha J. Russell, Elbert was preceded in death by a son, Danny Russell; three sisters, Rosemary McQueen, Ruth Kirchoff, and infant Lora Mae Russell; two brothers, Darrell Russell and Marvelle “Hooter” Russell.
Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family. Burial with military honors provided by the Fayette County Veterans Council will follow at Dale Cemetery. Miller, Moster, Robbins Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.
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