DOVER, Delaware — William Edwin Russell, 88, of Dover, Delaware, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018 after a brief illness in Dover. Born in 1930 in Buckhannon, West Virginia to Dwight and Rita Russell, Bill was raised in Morgantown, West Virginia. Bill met his wife, Louise Barton Shepherd, while based at Ladd AFB in Fairbanks, Alaska while Louise was traveling the country during a six month hiatus from teaching.
They were married in New Castle, Delaware after Louise resumed teaching. Bill retired from the USAF after 24 years of service. His love of piloting fighter jets remained with him forever.
Bill, Louise and his two children lived in many places in the United States and then ended up in Dover, Delaware where they have lived since 1970. They enjoyed all the places where he was stationed and took part in the local communities. He sang in the choir at St James Episcopal Church in Del Rio, Texas. A few years after retiring from the Air Force, Bill owned and operated ABills Lawn Mower and Repair Service in Rising Sun, Delaware until about 1988 (that was, of course, after the brief stint of being a crop-dusting pilot). He sold the business because he became a born-again golfer. He was a season ticket holder to the golf course at Dover AFB for many years then a member of Maple Dale Country Club in Dover where he played constantly until a few years ago. Many times he played five days a week including competing in many MISGA (senior golfers association) tournaments all over the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Delaware. He was also a lifetime member of the American Legion. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Janet Haught and his brother, Gerald Russell. He is survived by his wife, Louise S. Russell, his daughter Audrey R. Jungling (Paul) of Newark, Delaware, his son William B. Russell (Valerie) of Arnold, Maryland and four lovely granddaughters, Sarah Jungling, Morgan Jungling, Margaret Russell and Catherine Russell who have always been his joy in life. He is also survived by his brother, Dr. Donald Russell of Indianapolis, Indiana and many cousins from his birthplace in West Virginia.
Interment will be in a private graveside service at Christ Episcopal Church in Cambridge, Maryland in the spring.
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