Link to: Remembering Rex Russell

Rex Duane Russell (1936-2011)
In Memoriam

Rex Duane Russell passed away, January 25, 2011 from a heart attack. For the last 12 years he had lived in Red Rock, Nevada next door to Eric and Ruth Russell, his son and daughter-in-law. Rex would have been 75 this May.

Rex was the first child of Bill and Pauline (Shepard) Russell, the first grandchild of Will and Bura Shepard, and the first Great grandchild of James Brooks and Caroline Davis. (See 1989 picture of Rex with his father Bill and son Eric, taken at Rex's home in Lakeside, California.)

Rex and his sister Beverly were the only ones among the 12 grandchildren of Will and Bura to be born in Colorado. They were small children when the family migrated to Southern California in 1940. Rex is the first of Will and Bura's grandchildren to pass away as an older adult. Two of their grandchildren -- Linda and Beverly -- died as young people.

Rex was raised in San Diego, graduated from San Diego High School, and retired from San Diego Gas and Electric Company. In 1959 he married Ellen Lane with whom he had one son, Eric. In the late 1990s, after his second wife Margie died, Rex moved from Southern California to Red Rock, Nevada.

He spent some of his summers as a youth visiting family in Oklahoma. I received an email from Larry Davis a while back regarding one such visit. (Larry was born the same year as Rex, and is a first cousin of Rex's mom Pauline Shepard.) Larry: "I remember Rex when I was probably in the 7th Grade. Rex came to Oklahoma as a teenager in the early 1950's. I am not sure but I believe Rex Russell and Lyndel Jenkins blew up the entire Oklahoma panhandle with fire crackers during the week Rex came to visit us."

Rex was a fun loving guy, and quite an outdoors man. One of his favorite places was Kaibab, Arizona, where his ashes will be scattered. In recent years he also loved living in the boondocks of Red Rock, Nevada near Eric and Ruth, racing his Camaro occasionally, and riding his horse Roper. (See picture of Rex above, taken in December, 2010 with a San Francisco 49er Cheerleader.)

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Here are some other pictures of Rex and his family over the years:

Rex and his horse Roper, 2009

Rex in 2006
Rex riding his horse Roper, 2007

Rex and Margie (upper right) with family, 1978
Margie and Rex, 1975

Rex with mother Pauline (top),
son Eric and Grandmother Bura Davis Shepard (below), 1966

Rex, wife Ellen, Thelma and Terry, 1960

Rex and Ellen, 1959
Rex with his aunt Thelma
(only 2 weeks his senior)

Rex with Uncle Elmer Shepard, about 1945
Rex with his sister Beverly

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