Raymond M. Russell

January 26, 1930 ‒ June 08, 2014

Galion, Ohio

Raymond M. Russell, 84, of Galion, died Sunday morning, June 8, 2014 at Signature Health Care of Galion after failing health.

Born in South Woodbury, Ohio January 26, 1930, he was the son of William and Roby (McPeek) Russell.  He married Carolyn (Cox) Russell June 19, 1955 and she survives.

Known to many as Captain Russell from his many years on the Galion Fire Department where he retired in 1982 after 33 years.  During his early years on the Fire Department, he worked part-time at Bob Stowe Motors until September 1969 when he founded Galion Fire Appliances, which he owned and operated many years with his wife, Carolyn and sons at his side until retiring in 2010.  He served with the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. Captain Russell was a long-time member of First United Church of Christ and served on the Building Committee.  He was also a member of American Legion Scarbrough Post 243, the Galion Moose Lodge 303 and Galion Lodge 414 Free and Accepted Masons.

In addition to his wife of 59 years, Carolyn, he is also survived by sons, Dennis (Carla) Russell and Greg (Karen Coble) Russell; grandchildren, Tony (Crystal) Russell, Kaylee Russell and Tyson Russell; great-grandchildren, Aydian and Harmony Russell, all of Galion; brothers, Larry (Beverly) Russell of Lexington and Jerry (Darlene) Russell of Ontario; a sister, Rosella (Marvin) Gower of Butler and a sister-in-law, Mae Dunn of Mansfield.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Edd Russell.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at Snyder Funeral Home Richardson Davis Chapel, 218 S. Market Street, Galion.  A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 12 at First United Church of Christ, 248 Harding Way West, Galion with Rev. Katherine Beckett and his nephew, Pastor James Oates officiating.  Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery.  Full military graveside honors will be conducted by the United States Army and the Galion/Crestline Veterans Military Funeral Detail.

Memorial contributions may be made to Galion Fire Department for Fire Safety Education for Children or to First United Church of Christ in care of Snyder Funeral Home Richardson Davis Chapel in Galion.

Snyder Funeral Home Richardson Davis Chapel in Galion is honored to serve the Raymond Russell family, and condolences may be made to them at www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.

  • Thinking of you all during this time of loss! We will always remember all the fun times from church events!

  • Your family is in my thoughts and prayers at this time of loss. Unfortunately, we are sharing similar feelings so I know hard it is for all of you. I will remember Ray with his big smile and friendly “hello”and I too will miss him. My best to all of you.

  • Dear Mrs. Russell, Dennis and Greg,
    We are thinking of you and praying that God gives you comfort and peace during this painful time. May all the memories of your Dad (and Husband) stay forever in your hearts. God bless each of you.
    Fondly,
    Brad & Cindy

  • Dear Carolyn and family,
    Our love and prayers are with all of you at this time. We will always remember Raymond’s wit and willingness to help others. He was a great man!
    Sincerely,
    Chuck and Tami

  • Dear Carolyn and family,

    Sorry to hear of Ray’s passing. Our prayers will be with you.

    Sincerely,

    Ken And Alice Gelsanliter

  • Will always remember Capt. Russell as a kind and gentle man ,he served his country and city with honor.

  • We want you to know that even though we can’t be there in person, our thoughts and condolences are with you in your time of sorrow. Roy has many fond memories of growing up with the “cousins”. They were more like brothers.

  • Dear Carolyn, Dennis, Greg and families,
    I’m so sorry for your loss. Raymond was a wonderful man with his quiet gentle spirit. So many wonderful memories of the good old Teakwood Ct. days. You are in my thoughts and prayers and may your memories of Raymond help you through these difficult days.

  • To the families of Raymond,
    Max and I send our love and sympathy to all of you in the loss of your loved one.
    He was quiet and and reserved until you really knew the true Raymond Russell.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time and in the days to follow.
    Sincerely, Ruby and Max

  • We are so sorry to hear of Raymond’s passing. We remember him as such a great neighbor growing up on Teakwood Court. He was such a kind man and I remember his sweet laugh. May you feel the love of The Lord and your family and friends during this time of loss.