William Jerome “Bill” Russell, a very strong man with a gentle spirit, went to be with the Lord Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016 in his home surrounded by his family. He was 60.
Bill was born Sept. 18, 1955 in Mansfield to parents Thomas and June (Barber) Russell. He was a 1974 graduate from Crestview High School and went on to earn his Associates Degree in Automotive Technology from the Columbus Technical Institute.
His sister Bonnie worked with a young lady named Sharon Smith and thought that she would be a catch for her brother. Bonnie set the two of them up and Sharon caught his eye and the pair married on Sept. 9, 1978.
Bill earned his status as a Master Ford Technician and worked at Mateer Ford and Mark Ford in Bellville for 16 years and Cal Hans Ford in Loudonville for 11 years as an Auto Mechanic.
In spare time, he took pleasure in working with his hands especially working on his cars and doing his yard work, particularly driving his tractor. His dream car was a ’69 Chevy Chevelle SS but he enjoyed driving his 78 Chevy Nova Rally Sport.
He enjoyed studying his Bible and read it often. He also enjoyed listening to music, playing guitar and was a very accurate shooter as well. But above all, Bill cherished his family. He enjoyed spending time with them, attending the kids function, taught the kids how to ski and even attempted to show them how to work on cars.
He is survived by his loving wife Sharon Russell, of Mansfield; children Zachary Russell, of Mansfield, Nathaniel Russell, of Portland, Oregon, and Emily Russell, of Bellville; mother June Russell, of Mansfield; sister Bonnie Wilson, of Mansfield as well as numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.
Bill was preceded in death by his father, Thomas J. Russell.
The Russell family will receive friends Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home. A funeral service honoring Bill’s life will be held Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016 at Hilltop Community Church, 2943 German Church Rd., beginning at 11 a.m. Pastor Andy Hupp will speak. Burial will follow in St. Peter’s Cemetery behind the church.
Contributions in Bill’s memory to Northern Ohio ALS Association may be made at the funeral home.
Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Bill’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at SnyderFuneralHomes.com.