Russell J. Breinich

July 18, 1941 ‒ July 13, 2017

Galion, Ohio

Galion’s Honorable Kentucky Colonel, Russell J. “Russ” Breinich‘s family (especially his grandchildren) were most important to him and he never missed an event they were involved in. His family will sorely miss Russ who passed away at age 75 on Thursday, July 13, 2017 at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center after a short illness.

Born July 18, 1941 in Bucyrus, he was the son of the late Joseph and Luella (Phillips) Breinich. He married Carole (Rinehart) Breinich on July 7, 1961 and they enjoyed 56 loving years together.

He was a graduate of Galion High School in 1959 and attended Bluffton College. Russ worked at the former North Electric Company in Galion, Westinghouse in Mansfield, Fleetwood Mobile Homes, Spindrift Boats and retired from Houpt’s Flooring in Upper Sandusky. He was a member of Galion Elks 1191, Aladdin Shrine, Galion Mason’s Lodge 414, Aladdin Drum and Bugle Corps, NRA and was past president of the 20-30 Club in Galion. Russ enjoyed music by the Gaithers and played steel drums in Ohio campgrounds and area nursing homes. He never met a stranger and enjoyed talking to all.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by children Laurie (Russ) Montgomery of Galion and Russell J. Breinich II of Galion; grandchildren Lee (friend Holly Gregg) Cisler, Justin (fiancée Emma Rose) Breinich, Erin (Mark) Waters, Joshua (friend Jessika Clark) Montgomery, Nicolette Breinich and Celeste Breinich; great-grandchildren Elliana Waters, Oakley Maynard, Gracelynn Maynard, Keelie Montgomery and Everson Waters; brother Philip (Carol) Breinich of Sydney; sister Connie (Robert) Mantkowski of Venice, Florida; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles; sisters-in-law Donna (Murrel) Francis of Sebring, Florida and Judy (Michael) Kollar of Galion.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, July 17, 2017 at Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes, 218 South Market St., Galion, Ohio 44833 where services will follow at 7 p.m.  with Pastor Greg Weyrich officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to Aladdins Shriners Hospital or Ronald McDonald House in care of the funeral home.

Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes in Galion is honored to serve the family of Russ Breinich, and condolences may be made to them at

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  • We are so very sorry. Please know you all are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Laurie and Family
    I am so sorry – you have my thoughts and prayers -I wish I had better words – just know I know how much you are hurting – love to you all

  • We are sorry for your loss. Mr. Breinich was a good friend of my Uncle Paul Klehm. He will be missed in our community. Praying for all of you.

  • We are saddened to hear of Russ’s passing. Please know that we are praying for God’s comfort during this time of grief and for wisdom in the future.
    With love, Elaine Booth-Carnegis & George Carnegis
    Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

  • Carole:

    Sorry to hear about Russell’s passing. We always had some interesting conversations when I would see him. Please accept my condolences to you and your families. I’m sure he will be greatly missed.

  • Sorry to hear about Russ. He was a very positive part of our class of 1959. I know he will be missed by his family and friends. I pray for comfort and strength to all of you.
    Patty Wells Morgan
    Niceville, Florida

  • So sorry to hear of Russ’s passing. Please know that I am thinking of your family and praying for your peace and comfort.

  • Dear Carol and family,
    We just received a email that Russ passed away, we are so sorry we were not there to support you and your family.
    God bless and comfort you.
    Russ and Anna Shaeffer

  • Dear Carol and family,
    I just rec’d notice of Russ’s death. I am so sorry for you and understand your sorrow. I pray God will ease your pain with all your good memories.Sincerely, Stella Townsend