Paul Dale Russell (September 27, 1931 - June 06, 2023)

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Paul Dale Russell
  • September 27, 1931
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  • June 06, 2023

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Paul Dale Russell was born on Sept. 27, 1931 in Jamestown, ND. Paul passed away on June 6, 2023 in Eustis, FL in the loving presence of his wife, Tyva Diane.

Paul’s early life was on the family farm in Claremont, MN with parents Clarence and Matilda and nine siblings. In high school he dove into sports and drama. After serving in the Korean War, he returned to Claremont and married Tyva Diane Foley in 1955. They started a hobby farm in Pine Island, MN. Paul had a long-standing career at IBM. His true passion was his farm and family. His fervor lay in nature, yardwork, sculpture-making and 4-H. He brought spirit, humor and adventure to his church, travels and as a Boy Scout leader. Paul and Tyva retired to their lake home in Eustis after roaming the US in their RV. Paul embraced community service with the Red Cross, VFW, FEMA and the Veterans program.

Paul earned his Father’s Best badge award and wore it with pride. His kids boast of his hard work ethic, charismatic magnetism, generosity, Energizer bunny enthusiasm and his family-first mentality. He was handsome in a black tie or bib overalls.

He joins granddaughter Megan, sons Jeffrey and Daniel, brother Lt. Eugene Russell, who died serving near Paul in Korea, sisters Patricia and Rose, and brothers Ralph and Glenn. He is survived by his much-loved siblings Barbara, Dorothy, Carolyn and Kenneth. Children include Michael (Marcia), Scott (Rodolfo), (Leisa), Tamara (Tim) Felegy and Todd (Karen). Grandchildren: Ryan (Missy), Molly, Zachary, Kayla (Ken), Brian (Allie), James (Liz), Cory, Amy and Tyler. He also leaves seven great-grandchildren, countless nieces and nephews, in-laws and their families.

May God grant Paul the opportunity to keep using his hands and lend us fond memories of his handshakes and hugs. “Your part is to reflect My Glory. I am the Lord!” Psalm 105-4. Service is on Friday, Aug. 25, 10:30 a.m. at the Sacred Heart Cemetery, 2030 S Cedar Ave, Owatonna, MN. Luncheon to follow at VFW.


Sacred Heart Cemetery
2030 S Cedar Ave, Owatonna, MN
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Date & Time:
August 25, 2023 at 10:30 AM

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  1. Scott E Russell posted an image:
    08 Aug 2023
    Pablo on his Cuba Trip. Pops , we know you on your next adventure!!
    Pablo on his Cuba Trip. Pops , we know you on your next adventure!!

  2. Judy Crandall says:
    07 Aug 2023
    Paul was a dear friend and will be missed. We have many wonderful memories with him through the years.. You have our condolences, Tyva and are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

    Ralph and Judy Crandall

  3. Alma Guseman says:
    27 Jun 2023
    My sincere condolences to Tyva & the Fine Family that
    she and Paul raised.
    Paul was one of a kind, so special and sincere in helping others and sharing whatever he had. He worked hard at whatever project he was doing but would take time to help anyone who needed it.
    He was a Friend to many, and treasured by all.
    Rest in Peace, Paul,
    Love, Alma & Family

  4. Laurie Griffith lit a candle:
    23 Jun 2023
    Lit since June 23, 2023 at 6:38:34 PM

  5. Rodolfo Alonso posted an image:
    23 Jun 2023
    Paul loved teaching children about life
    Paul loved teaching children about life

  6. Zamira Diaz and Family lit a candle:
    23 Jun 2023
    Lit since June 23, 2023 at 6:59:28 PM

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