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Rodney Raymond Russell

March 8, 1946 October 11, 2011
Rodney Raymond Russell
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Obituary for Rodney Raymond Russell

Rodney Raymond Russell, a lifelong resident of Milford, died at his home on October 11, 2011. He was sixty-five years old. Born in Highland Park, Michigan on March 7, 1946, the son of Raymond and Bernadine (Beagle) Russell, Rod grew up on the family farm on South Hill Road. He was a 1966 graduate of Milford High School and helped to operate the family fruit stand (now the location of McNabb Carpet) for many years. Rod started Russell Trucking Company, providing sand and gravel delivery in its early years, and later car deliveries for Pontiac Motors. He built and owned the original Milford Car Wash, and later began Franklin Hills Landscaping and snow removal service which he operated for over twenty-five years.

Beginning with early days on the farm, Rod always loved the out-of-doors, including yearly trips deer hunting on his Aunt Gladys� property in St. Helen, Michigan, and Memorial and Labor Day camping with his daughters. And he loved his garage-- always a place where his friends knew they could find him, and where he enjoyed refurbishing furniture and working with wood, with some of his best creations being fabulous birdhouses and customized step-stools for his grandchildren whom he loved so dearly. Rod was a loving father, grandfather, a great son who looked in on his mom every night, a good friend who always cared about others more than himself, and his deep faith in God helped him through his most trying times throughout his life. He will always be remembered as a wonderful person and whose good soul and big heart, great sense of humor and laugh will be dearly missed.

He is survived by his loving daughters, Katherine (Eric) Suender of Clarkston, Constance (James) Vivier of White Lake Twp., Jennifer (Mark) Frierdich of Linden; grandchildren, Kellen, Carly, Ryan, Harrison, his mother Bernadine Russell; brother, Dale (Joanne) Russell; former spouse, Ruth Russell; nieces and nephews, Casey, Kim, Jake, Jody, and many grand nieces and nephews and dear friends who join his family in mourning his passing and giving thanks to God for his life among them. He was preceded in death by his father, Raymond Russell, and a nephew, Scott.

Funeral Service from Christ Lutheran Church, 620 General Motors Rd., Milford, Saturday, October 15, at 1PM. Pastor Richard Pape to officiate. Burial Oak Grove Cemetery, Milford. Friends may visit at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 404 E. Liberty St., Milford Thursday 4- 9 PM and Friday 2-9 PM. Memorials may be made to the family. For further information, please phone 248.684.6645.


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