Wendell Russell, 89, of Chicopee, passed away peacefully at home on Monday June 15, 2020. Born in Lincoln, and raised in Ansley, Nebraska to Charley and Bertha Russell, he was a longtime Chicopee resident. Wendell served his country honorably in the U.S. Airforce as a mechanic for four years. For most of his career, he was a factory worker with Hart wool textile before it closed and retiring in 1989. Wendell loved spending time outdoors, both shoveling and gardening, as well as attending tag sales, flea markets and riding his bicycle which is something he did up until the age of 89. He is survived by his loving wife, Marion (Beauregard) Russell of Chicopee; his children, Steven L. Russell of Belchertown, Claire Daudelin of Chicopee, Thomas R. Croston of Chicopee, Charles Croston of Holyoke and Henry Croston of Maine; twelve grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins of Broken Bow Nebraska. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his first wife Dorothy (Manning) Russell, his daughter, Debbie Florek in 2000 and by his two brothers, Donald and Alvin Russell. A graveside service will be held for Wendell on Monday 6/22 at 12:00pm at the Forestdale Cemetery on Cabot St. in Holyoke. There are no calling hours. Brunelle Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Wendell’s memory to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas, 66675-8516. Please visit www.brunellefuneralhome.com to leave a condolence for the family.
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