Robert J. “Bob” Russell, Sr.
Robert J. “Bob” Russell, Sr., age 81, of Omaha, formerly of Grand Island, died Thursday, August 2, 2018, at The Heritage at Legacy, Omaha. Celebration of Life will be 10:00 a.m., tomorrow (Friday) at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Grand Island, with the Reverend Richard Piontkowski officiating. Inurnment will be in Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Grand Island. The family will be greeting family and friends, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. today (Thursday) at the Apfel Funeral Home in Grand Island, with his parish family remembering him in prayer with the rosary recited at 6:00 p.m. Apfel Funeral Home is caring for the family. Memorials are suggested to the family to be designated at a later date. Online condolences may be directed to the family at www.apfelfuneralhome.com. Robert Joseph Russell, Sr., was born March 29, 1937, in Grand Island, the son of Raymond J. and Dora Marie (Matthiesen) Russell. Bob grew up and received his education in Grand Island, attending St. Mary’s Elementary School, Barr Junior High and Grand Island Senior High, graduating with the class of 1955. He was united in marriage to Mary Lou Hindmarsh, March 4, 1957, in Wood River. The couple made their home in Grand Island where he was employed by O.P. Skaggs. On March 30, 1964, Bob began his employment with Southern Nebraska Public Power District retiring as a field engineer, September 30, 1999. Bob recently moved to The Heritage at Legacy in Omaha, where he was known as “The Mayor of Heritage at Legacy,” (Bob never met a stranger). He was a member of St. Mary’s Cathedral, Grand Island and Platt Duetsche Society. Those left to cherish his memory include two sons and daughters-in-law, Robert and Mary Pat Russell, Jr., of Omaha, and Donald and Angie Russell, of Lincoln; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; brother, Richard Russell and special friend, Jeanie Spiehs, of Grand Island; a nephew, Todd and Shelly Russell, of Doniphan; a niece, Keri Russell, of Livingston, Montana; sisters-in-law, Rosemary Hindmarsh, of Omaha, Alice Bellamy, of Cairo, and Marcia Hindmarsh, of Fremont, California; brother-in-law and sister-in-law DeWayn and Betty Lewis, of Omaha; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of friends. Bob was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Mary Lou Russell, May 11, 2013.