ESCANABA - Terry Lee Russell, 54, of Escanaba, passed away Saturday afternoon, May 11, 2013, at the Meijer Heart Care Center in Grand Rapids, Mich., with his wife, children and other family at his side.
Terry was born in St. Ignace, Mich., July 9, 1958, to Jerrold Russell and Barbara (Dart) Olson. He spent his early years in the Milwaukee area, later moving to Escanaba. Following graduation from Escanaba High School, Terry joined the Navy. After being honorably discharged he returned to the Escanaba area and began working for the city of Escanaba in the Wastewater Department. He then started his career as a journeyman lineman and retired after 30 years in March 2012. During this time, he was also co-owner of Michigan SIP Homes. Following retirement, Terry became a member of IBEW 876 and continued working with United Power Company and CC Power Company, both in Lower Michigan. He spent three weeks in New York assisting in the clean-up following Hurricane Sandy.
Terry was united in marriage with his soul mate, Mary Bruzas on Sept. 11, 1999, in Escanaba. He is survived by his wife Mary and children Stephen, Cathryn, and Michelle Wood, all living at home. He is further survived by his mother, Barbara Olson of Escanaba; four sisters, Tammy Leth of Mobile, Ala., Lori Russell of Waupaca, Wis., Rebecca Barfield of Schenectady, N.Y., Lynnea Burdick of Hollywood, Fla., and one brother, Leonard (Tracy) Anderson, Escanaba. He is survived by numerous nieces and nephews. He will also be dearly missed by his beloved pets, Jack and Maggie.
Terry Lee Russell
Terry could always be found supporting his kids, whether it involved the fine arts or athletics. He never missed Michelle, Cathryn, or Stevie's sporting events, musicals, band concerts, or chorale concerts. He was an avid fan of youth and Eskymo hockey and found great joy in watching his son play throughout the years. Terry was also instrumental in the inception of the Mites to Men Pond Hockey tournament.
A beloved husband, father, son, and brother, Terry was a dedicated family man supporting his children in their numerous activities and was always ready to assist friends and family. He loved camping, hunting, fishing, cutting wood, making maple syrup, and was always ready for a game of cribbage. He had a child-like sense of fun that was as contagious as his smile. He was a talented carpenter and one of his proudest accomplishments was building the family home. Always ready for adventure, he loved to travel and spend time with family and friends. Terry was also in the process of writing his first novel.
He will be dearly missed but will continue to live on in the hearts and memories of those who knew and loved him.
Visitation will be on Thursday, May 16, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Crawford Funeral Home in Escanaba. The funeral service celebrating Terry's life will follow at 7 p.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Fran DeGroot officiating. A luncheon will follow at St. Anne's Church.
The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the Russell family with arrangements.