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home : obituaries : obituaries   April 29, 2016

5/5/2014 11:10:00 AM
Thomas "Duke" Russell

Thomas E. “Duke” Russell, 89, of Ladd died at 7 a.m. May 4, 2014, in OSF Richard Owens Hospice Home, Peoria.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Hurst Funeral Home, Ladd with Deacon John Murphy officiating. Burial will be at Valley Memorial Park, Spring Valley.
Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home and from 10 a.m. Wednesday until time of services.
Mr. Russell was born March 12, 1925, in Seatonville to James and Omie (Cravens) Russell.  He married Florence Shimkus in St. Anne’s Church in Spring Valley on Nov. 29, 1947.  He worked at Eaton Industries in Carol Stream for many year, the past 21 years as the manager for the model shop. 
Mr Russell enjoyed woodworking, golfing, bowling, fishing and was an avid sports fan,especially the Chicago Cubs.  Any request for help he answered “have tool box,will travel.
He is survived by his wife Florence of Ladd; three daughters, Ginny (Al) Ferrari of West Berlin, N.J., Mary Ellen (Maury) Reeves of Princeton and Jill (Bill) Stumpf of Johnsburg; five grandchildren and one great-grandson. 
He was preceded in death by seven brothers and two sisters. 
Pallbearers will be Al Ferrari, Maury Reeves, Bill Stumpf, Tom Ferrari, Patrick Reeves and Gregg Bersztaitis. In lieu of flowers,memorials may be directed to your favorite charity.
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