He was born Oct. 4, 1932 in Coalmont to John Edward Russell and Maude Elsie (Morse) Russell.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years and 9 months, Daphne "Daffy" (Phillips) Russell of Jasonville, whom he married on Dec. 31, 1955; daughters and son-in-law, Monica Lynn "Tutti" Russell, Jasonville, Janell and Tracy Hamilton of Jasonville; son and daughter-in-law, James E. "Bud" and Janelle Russell of Jasonville; grandchildren, Jessica (Russell) and Matthew Davis, Kate Russell, Jeremy and Mindy Hamilton, Curtis Hamilton; "grandcats and a "granddog", Lacey; sister, Edith Lillian (Russell) Blake of Linton; brothers, Gene Glenwood Russell of Jasonville, Hubert Wayne Russell of New Castle; several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Willis Russell, Olive Love, Creola Morris, Earl Ray Russell, Carl E. Russell, Oscar Russell, Frank Russell.
Jim had worked at Stran Steel of Terre Haute and Merom Power Plant (Hoosier Energy). He was a U.S. Navy Veteran during the Korean War. He was a member of the Jasonville American Legion Post 172, Clay City VFW Post 6606. Jim led a very full and wonderful life. From 1951-55 he was in the Navy during the Korean War. Jim was a boilmaker on the USS Kersarge and USS Boxer. Jim was a wonderful man who loved and was loved by his family and many friends. He will be greatly missed but never forgotten. He is on his way to Glory!
Arrangements are entrusted to Michael W. Cox, Cox Funeral Home, 218 South Meridian Street, Jasonville with visitation scheduled from 4-8 p.m. on Wednesday, and 9 a.m. until the time of service Thursday at the funeral home. Funeral service is at 1 p.m. on Thursday at Cox Funeral Home with Pastor Mark Messmer and Pastor Tracy Hamilton officiating.
Interment will be at Peavey Cemetery in Howesville with military graveside rites.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to The Veterans Home; 3851 N. River RD; West Lafayette, Ind., 47906-3762 and envelopes are available at the funeral home.