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Thomas E. Russell, 82

Thomas Elliott Russell, age 82, of Cokato, died Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, at the Cokato Manor.

His funeral service will take place Monday, Oct. 2 at 10:30 a.m. at the Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel with the Rev. Carolyn Pflibsen officiating. Interment will be at the Dassel Community Cemetery following the service.

There will be visitation Sunday evening, Oct. 1 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel; and continuing Monday at the church, one hour prior to the service.

The Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel is handling the arrangements.

Thomas was born May 15, 1935, on the family farm in Cokato Township, Wright County, the son of Mauritz and Mabel (Tiller) Russell. He was baptized at Saint Luke’s Lutheran Church in Minneapolis; and confirmed at the Elim Mission Church in Cokato.

Thomas was raised on the Russell family homestead in Cokato Township, attended Beaver Dam Country School, and graduated from the Cokato High School in 1953.

In 1957, he was inducted into the United States Army, and served his country until March of 1964.

Thomas was united in marriage to Gloria Jean Caron Nov. 4, 1961, at the Grace Lutheran Church in Brownton. The couple made their home on the second Russell family farm.

Tom and his brother, Harry farmed together for 60 years before he retired.

Thomas was presently a member of the Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel.

He was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome, which he suffered from for the past 25 years. Thomas had a “never quit” attitude, and continued to farm for several more years.

He loved his family deeply and enjoyed spending time with them for holidays and special events.

Tom is survived by his son, Ryan Russell of Cokato; grandchildren, Cammi Russell and Adam Russell; two great-grandchildren, Juliana Haley and Kiara Rivers; and two siblings, M. Harry Russell of Cokato, and Lorraine Olson of Coon Rapids.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Gloria; his parents; and two brothers, James Russell, and Richard Russell.

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