Gerald Russell Obituary

Gerald  Russell
Gerald "Jerry" Russell
Gerald Russell

September 30, 1933 - September 6, 2007
Born in Des Moines, Iowa
Resided in Urbandale, IA
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Gerald “Jerry” Russell, 73, passed away on Thursday morning, September 6, 2007, at Mercy Capitol in Des Moines, of pulmonary disease. A funeral mass will be held at 9:30 a.m., on Monday, September 10, at St. Pius X Parish Center in Urbandale, of which he was a member. Burial will follow at Glendale Cemetery in Des Moines.

Jerry was born and spent most of his life in Des Moines. He served in the Army in Japan and when he returned to Iowa, Jerry married Mary Cronin in 1959. Jerry spent his entire career working as a food broker for Hockenberg-Newberg (formerly known as Hockenberg-Rubin). He enjoyed volunteering as a coach for his children and spending time with them on family vacations. Jerry was very proud of his children and grandchildren. He was a devoted volunteer, helping at St. Pius X Catholic Church and at St. Mary’s Family Center Food Pantry, where he enjoyed many friendships. Jerry had a great sense of humor, even through his numerous illnesses.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Mary Russell of Urbandale; six children, John Russell of Rochester, MN, Joan (Lewis) Hazlewood of Johnston, Betsy (Paul) Erickson of Urbandale, Susan (Mason) Babcock of Garner, IA, Steve (Michelle) Russell of Miltona, MN and Laura (Mike) Holms also of Urbandale; one sister, Janet Andrus of Littleton, CO; 18 grandchildren and one great-grandson. Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence A. and Mary D. (Cox) Russell; and one sister, Marilyn A. Russell.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, September 9, at Iles Funeral Homes – Westover Chapel in Des Moines, where a parish scripture service will begin at 6 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family has respectfully requested that any memorial contributions be made to St. Mary’s Family Center.


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Westover Funeral Home
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA US 50322
Sunday, September 9, 2007
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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St. Pius X Parish Center
3663 66th Street
Urbandale, IA US 50322
Monday, September 10, 2007
9:30 AM
Glendale Cemetery
4909 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50311
Monday, September 10, 2007