Ascutney, Vt. — Gerald L. “Jerry” Russell, 72, a longtime resident of Ascutney, passed away Tuesday afternoon, May 12, 2015, at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H.
He was born Aug. 31, 1942, in Montpelier, Vt., the son of Herbert and Evelyn (Verney) Russell. He attended grade school in Flagstaff, Ariz., and Weathersfield, Vt. He graduated from Springfield High School in 1960. He married Prudence Stillson in Ascutney on June 23, 1962. Mr. Russell went on to become an accomplished Journeyman Electrician and was employed by Hamblet Electric in Keene, N.H., for over twenty years until his retirement.
He enjoyed fishing, listening to bagpipes, family barbecues and playing horseshoes. He was fond of his cat, “Angel” and his granddog, “Daisy”.
He was predeceased by his parents, an infant daughter Julie Russell in 1966, and one brother, Kenneth Russell.
Survivors include his wife of fifty-two years, Prudence S. Russell of Ascutney; two sons, Michael J. Russell and his wife, Susan of Ascutney, and Jay H. Russell and his wife, Tina of Auburn, Maine; seven grandchildren, Elizabeth, Zachary, Grace, Abby, Elly, and Cullen Russell and Julie Russell-Emond; three great-grandchildren, Landon Decouteau, Adrianna Ried and Zander Emond; two brothers, William Russell of Castro Valley, Calif., and Donald Russell of Parma, Idaho; several nieces, nephews and cousins, including, Janice Cook of Bedford, N.H., and Shirley Chevalier of Colchester, Vt.
Visitation will be held Sunday evening, May 17 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Knight Funeral Home in Windsor. The funeral service will be held Monday, May 18 at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. The Rev. William Sheldon will officiate.
Committal services will follow in the Ascutneyville Cemetery in Ascutney. A reception for family and friends will follow at the Martin Memorial Hall in Ascutney.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Ascutney Volunteer Fire Department at PO Box 91, Ascutney, VT 05030 or the VNA of NH and VT at 1 Hospital Court, Bellows Falls, VT 05101-1489 or to the charity of one’s choice.
The Knight Funeral Home in Windsor is entrusted with the arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.knightfuneralhomes.com.