RUSSELL LOWELL NORRIS

RUSSELL LOWELL NORRIS, SON OF DAYTON AND EUNICE (SHAFER) NORRIS, WAS BORN AUGUST 6, 1929 ON THE FAMILY FARM NEAR REDDING, IOWA. RUSSELL MOVED WITH HIS FAMILY TO THE KELLERTON AREA IN 1941; GRADUATING FROM KELLERTON HIGH SCHOOL WITH THE CLASS OF 1948. RUSSELL SERVED HIS COUNTRY IN THE US ARMY DURING THE KOREAN WAR. HE ENTERED ON SEPTEMBER 14, 1951 AND WAS HONORABLY DISCHARGED ON JULY 3, 1953 AFTER HAVING RECEIVED THE BRONZE STAR MEDAL FOR MERITORIOUS ACHIEVEMENT IN GROUND OPERATIONS AGAINST THE ENEMY. ON NOVEMBER 14, 1953, RUSSELL WAS UNITED IN MARRIAGE TO NELLIE LOU GIBSON AT THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH IN KELLERTON. TO THIS UNION THREE CHILDREN WERE BORN, STEVEN CRAIG, DAYNA MARIE AND ANDREA LYNN.

RUSSELL FARMED FOR A LIVING AND DROVE A TRUCK. HE WAS A MEMBER OF THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, MASONIC LODGE, TOPAZ LODGE #438 AND THE AMERICAN LEGION, ALL IN KELLERTON. AFTER A NEARLY TWO-YEAR COURAGEOUS FIGHT WITH CANCER, RUSSELL DIED ON JANUARY 3, 2008 IN HIS HOME WITH THOSE WHO HE DEARLY LOVED BY HIM.

HE WAS PRECEDED IN DEATH BY HIS PARENTS; HIS FATHER AND MOTHER-IN-LAW, LEO AND BERNICE GIBSON; A BROTHER, MYRON NORRIS AND A SISTER PEGGY KENNEDY.

THOSE LEFT TO CHERISH HIS MEMORY INCLUDE HIS LOVING WIFE, NELLIE OF KELLERTON; THREE CHILDREN, STEVE NORRIS AND WIFE SHARLA OF KELLERTON, IOWA; DAYNA CAMPBELL AND HUSBAND, DOUG OF SHANNON CITY, IOWA AND ANDREA FRIER AND HUSBAND MIKE OF COLFAX, IOWA; SIX GRANDCHILDREN, SHANNON RUSK AND HUSBAND JOSH, SCOTT NORRIS, CHELSEA AND WESLEY CAMPBELL AND JACOB AND KIRSTEN FRIER; BROTHER LEROY NORRIS OF CULBERTSON, MONTANA; SISTER, PATTY NEY AND HUSBAND GEORGE OF BLACKFOOT, ID.; TWO BROTHERS-IN-LAW, ROY KENNEDY OF ROGERS, AR.; AND DONALD GIBSON AND WIFE JOYCE OF BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, WA.; SISTER-IN-LAW, PEGGY NORRIS OF UNION STAR, MO.; AND OTHER RELATIVES AND MANY DEAR FRIENDS.

SERVICES WERE HELD AT THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH IN KELLERTON ON SATURDAY, JANUARY 5, 2008 AT 10:30 A.M. WITH REV. RICK HAWKINS AND REV. ALAN RUSK OFFICIATING. MUSICIANS WERE SANDY CAMPBELL AND RICHARD AND CAMILLE JACKSON. WILSON-WATSON & ARMSTRONG FUNERAL HOME HANDLED THE ARRANGEMENTS.

CASKET BEARERS WERE SCOTT NORRIS, WES CAMPBELL, JOSHUA RUSK, JACOB FRIER, ROGER GIBSON, MATT DAUGHTON AND KURT HALL.

A FLAG PRESENTATION WAS MADE BY BILL SMITH.

RUSSELL WAS LAID TO REST IN THE MAPLE ROW CEMETERY IN KELLERTON.

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