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Russell E. Mitchell, age 77, of Grand Rapids, passed away on Monday, September 12, 2016 after a long illness, at home surrounded by family.

The son of Floyd & Edna (VanVuren) Mitchell, he was born on November 11, 1938 in Grand Rapids. Russell attended South High School and went on to be a proud U.S. Navy Veteran.  Russ retired from Steelcase after 30 years. 

Russ was a member of the American Legion post 208 and the Wyoming Moose Lodge. He enjoyed fishing, golfing, bowling, and playing cards. 

Russell was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Mary; brother, Loren & Glen. Surviving are his loving wife of 54 years, Kay (Christians) Mitchell; children, Mary (Tom) Bearss, James, and Patricia (Frank) Hernandez; grandchildren, Nicole Mitchell, David & Daniel Hernandez; siblings, James Haack, Carl (Dorothy), Gerald, Marge Schoolland, Marie (Al) Schenk, Delores (George) DeVuyst, Louis VanVuren, Donna Johnson, and Lloyd (Hannah); sister-in-law, Nellie Mitchell; and many nieces and nephews. 

Memorial services are at 11:00 a.m., with visitation one hour prior, on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at Immanuel Reformed Church, 1300 E. Beltline S.E., Grand Rapids, with a luncheon to follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Faith Hospice. 

Honoring his wishes, cremation will take place. Arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids. 

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6 Condolences

  1. Carol Hoffman on September 13, 2016 at 7:21 pm

    You will be greatly missed by your neighbors. I appreciated the conversations we had when I came over to visit.



  2. Lois Bridges on September 14, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    So sorry to hear of Russ’s passing. He was a great guy. My sympathy to his family



  3. Marie Schenk on September 14, 2016 at 8:30 pm

    I am glad to have you as my brother, will miss you, but have many wonderful memories. Rest in peace, no more pain. Love you,



  4. Mary & Tom Bearss on September 17, 2016 at 11:15 am

    His spirit will live on through all of us who carry him with us within!



  5. Chip & Karen Sanders on September 29, 2016 at 8:35 am

    We are so sad for your loss. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.



  6. Lori Gerard on October 1, 2016 at 7:21 pm

    What a beautiful and God-glorifying service for Russ! May the Lord comfort and strengthen your family in the days ahead.



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