Charles Avery Russell

2013-07-02T13:53:00Z Charles Avery Russell Chippewa Herald
July 02, 2013 1:53 pm

"Chuck" Russell, 80, of Duluth, Minn., died Monday, June 24, 2013, in Duluth. He was born in Menomonie to Cecil and Doris Russell in 1933. He was a member of the U. S. Air Force when met his wife, Carolyn, at Bethany College in Kansas, when the two of them were in a choral group singing Handel's Messiah. They were married in her hometown of Assaria, Kan. They would have celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary in August of this year.

"Chuck" worked for Wells Fargo Bank for more than 36 years starting in the credit department, then as a lending officer, and finally as president of the bank in Duluth. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Allete (Minnesota Power Co.), and on the board of the Duluth-Superior Area Community Foundation.

He was devotee of theater in all of its forms, including acting, performing in many productions of the Theater in the Round while living in Minneapolis. He was an active member of the Episcopal Cathedral Church of St. Mark's in Minneapolis where he was a member and sang in the choir, and a faithful member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Duluth.

He relished his Scottish ancestry, and loved to plan and prepare lavish Robert Burns parties and soon became an accomplished bag pipe player. He also delighted in and supported all of the arts, was an avid reader and a dedicated connoisseur of fine, single malt scotch.

Chuck was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Barbara, and a brother, Joel, and two sisters-in-law, Helen and Lou.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn; daughters, Tracy (Bernardo Useche) Russell and Jennifer (Adrian) Lenardic; a grandson, Nicolas Useche; and his older brother, John Russell, of Menomonie. Chuck is further survived by his nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Chuck Russell's funeral was on Saturday, June 29, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Duluth.

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    mellicott - July 07, 2013 1:54 pm
    Chuck was a wonderful friend during our high school years! We were in many classes together, plus Band, Choir, and multiple plays directed by Harold Hansen. We had so much fun, and many laughs. As is often the case after high school, we lost touch, but he has always been a wonderful part of my high school memories. God bless you, Chuck, and rest in peace. I think it should be mentioned that he was our class President. Mary Pierce Ellicott
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