James Russell


DANVILLE – James R. Russell, 89, of Mattoon, and formerly of Paris and Danville passed away Jan. 19, 2019, at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana. He retired June 1, 1992, from Anamet in Mattoon as a machine operator.

A memorial visitation is from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center. Burial is in Spring Hill Cemetery, with military rites accorded by American Legion Post 210 Honor Guard.

Mr. Russell was born April 30, 1929, at Muncie, Ill., the son of the late Johnson “Roy” and Dorthy Burton Russell. He married Gloria JoAn Alexander Nov. 28, 1953, at Paris, and she preceded him in death Sept. 9, 2003.

Survivors include his son, Brian (Julie Beck) Russell of Little Fork, Minn.; his daughter, Marla Janes of Mattoon; one sister, Barb Latham of Covington, Ind.; two grandchildren, Christopher Tucker of Mattoon and Michelle Janes of Mattoon; and two great-grandchildren, Angelo and Megan Janes of Mattoon.

He was preceded in death four brothers, Joel, Chuck Bill and Clarence Russell; and one sister, Alice Mullins.

Mr. Russell served in the United States Army and was a member of the Moose Lodge in Mattoon. He enjoyed spending his free time attending car shows and displaying his Corvette, hunting, fishing and competing in archery competitions.

Memorials to the family may be sent to Sunset Funeral Home, 3940 N. Vermilion Street, Danville, Ill. 61834

Online condolences at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com.