Mr. Larry James Russell of Fleet, Alberta passed away at the Red Deer Regional Hospital on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at the age of 64 years.
Larry was born to Harvey and Dorothy Russell on November 22, 1948 in Calgary, Alberta. He attended Elementary school in Nanton, Alberta and went on to complete his schooling in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta. Larry married Mary Ann Rowles in Nordegg in 1973 to which they had one daughter Patricia Ann Russell. He also raised Mary Ann’s three daughters as his own Sandra, Angela and Wendy Rowland.
Larry worked as a nursing orderly at Oliver Hospital in Edmonton and then went on to work on the oil rigs as a Hot Shot driver. Later he worked in construction helping to build gas plants in Burstall, Saskatchewan and the Joffre Plant in Red Deer. Larry also helped build the Nordegg Dam, Brazeau Dam and the Revelstoke Dam in BC. Larry and his family later moved to BC where he took up tree pruning in an orchard in Canoe, BC. Larry loved the great outdoors. He spent many years fishing the Shuswap Lake, Hidden Lake, Adams Lake and many others in BC and Alberta with his family and friends.
His greatest passion was hunting deer, moose, bear and coyotes. He loved to be out with his Greyhounds whether it was coyote hunting or down at the Greyhound Track in Hanna. Larry met many friends through the years and loved them all dearly. Larry was a gentle, loving, strong hearted, caring, appreciative, forgiving and truly a beautiful soul that was taken from us far too soon.
Larry was predeceased by his parents Harvey and Dorothy Russell and leaves to mourn his wife of 40 years, Mary Ann Russell; by daughter Patricia Ann (Russell) Newman, her husband Scott and granddaughter Sierra Paige; step daughters Sandra Rowland (Michel), Angela Rowland and Wendy Rowland; grandchildren: Jacob, Cory and Ashley Hannah, Brayden and Larrianne Everton, Jessica, Amanda (Tim Paradis), Raylene Chyzzy and Leroy Haggarty; brothers in law Dewey (Gloria) Rowles and Richard (Sharon) Rowles; nephews Marty Rowles, Patrick and Colin Rowles; nieces Deanna Rowles, Shelby Rowles and Lee-Ann Laing (great nephew Devon); as well as many good friends.
A funeral service for Larry will be announced at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to STARS, Greyhound Rescue or a local charity of your choice c/o Parkview Funeral Chapels, Box 186, Castor, AB T0C 0X0. Sympathies may be forwarded to the family by signing the guestbook at www.parkviewfuneralchapels.com
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