Obituaries & Tributes

Bruce Henry Russell

date of birth March 20 1927

date of death January 27 2019

Bruce H. Russell of Woodburn, Oregon left this world to be with the Lord on Sunday, January 27, 2019, at the age of 91.Born Bruce Henry Russell to Joy and Pearl Russell on March 20, 1927 in Fontanelle, Iowa, he was the twelfth of what became fourteen children.Bruce remained in Iowa until he joined the United States Navy in 1944 as a Ships Service Man (Laundry) onboard the USS Merrick (AKA 97).He served until World War II ended.

In 1947 he came out to Oregon where he met Claudia Jeanne Church and married a year later on November 24, 1948, in Portland, Oregon.They had three children:Claudia Irene, Timothy Bruce, and Carol Anne.Bruce and Jeanne were married until her passing in May 2002.

Throughout his life, Bruce was a “route” man, driving various routes ranging from milk, bakery, coffee, vending, and mail until his retirement in 1991 from the US Postal Service as a MVS driver.

Bruce is survived by his sister, Margaret Jameson of Des Moines, Iowa and his brother, Frank Russell of Washington, Iowa; his children Claudia DeGailler of Lebanon, Oregon, Timothy Russell and his wife, Renee, of Lebanon, Oregon, and Carol Anne Russell of Salem, Oregon; his grandchildren Bruce DeGailler, Jr. of Yuba City, California and Christina DeGailler of Vancouver, Washington, and one great granddaughter, Dempsey DeGailler of Yuba City, California.

Memorial services will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, February 16, 2019, at the Canby Funeral Chapel, 160 S. Grant Street, Canby, Oregon.The family requests donations can be made to Brighton Hospice or Cascade Park Senior Living.


4 tribute candles have been lit

Candle lit by Staff at Canby-Molalla Funeral Chapel Our sincere condolences.

Candle lit by Timothy Russell Thank you Dad for everything, l will miss you.

Candle lit by Claudia DeGailler I love you, Daddy.

Candle lit by Pearl Herkamp Rest In Peace Bruce. Blessings to the family. Pearl

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