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Russell, John T.
John T. (J.T.) Russell, 96, of Lawrence, Kan., formerly of Charlotte, N.C. and Galesburg, Ill., died at 9:50 a.m. Wednesday, September 12, 2012 in Brandon Woods at Alvamar in Lawrence.

He was born October 13, 1915, in New Orleans, La., the son of Edwin T. and Mary B. Weaver Russell. When he was five years old, his family returned to Chillicothe, Ill., where his father and mother had both grown up.

He married Rose Lee Arnold April 20, 1941 in the Chillicothe Congregational Church. She died

August 10, 1982. He married Marcella (Sally) Nelson Lytle December 8, 1983 in the Central Congregational Church in Galesburg.

Surviving are his wife; one son, Dr. Henry E. Russell (Lynn) of John's Island, S.C.; one daughter, Patricia L. Russell of Lawrence; two stepsons, Jay S. Lytle (Pamela) of Knoxville, Ill. and Rodney D. Lytle (Julie) of Galesburg; four grandsons, John H. Russell (Leigh) of Hilton Head Island, S.C., William M. Russell (Lauren) of Charleston, S.C., Bradley A. Russell (Amy) of Raleigh, N.C., and Charlie Moffet of Lawrence; one granddaughter, Madeleine Moffet of Austin, Texas; three step grandsons, Justin and Tyler Lytle and Chrispatrick Burgin-Lytle, all of Galesburg; and a step-granddaughter, Samantha Platz of Knoxville. There are two great grandsons, Owen H. and Leo W. Russell, and also four step great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and his only sister, Harriett R. Springer.

He attended schools in Chillicothe and graduated from Chillicothe High School in 1933. He graduated from Knox College and their ROTC program in Galesburg in 1937. He was a member of the Golden Legion of Phi Delta Theta fraternity. He was a member of the Knox-Lombard 50 Year Club.

He served in the Army's 5th Division during World War II in the ETO from April 1941 until January 1946, attaining the rank of Lt. Colonel. He was the recipient of the Combat Infantrymans Badge, Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster, and Bronze Star. He accepted the surrender of Fort San Quentin, near Metz, France in 1944.

He was employed by Simpson-Powelson Lumber Company in Galesburg from February 1947 until November 30, 1983; the last 10 years as CEO and Senior Executive Officer. He served two terms on the Board of Directors of the Illinois Lumber & Material Dealers Association.
He was a life member of the VFW in Galesburg, and a member of the George Washington Lodge #222 AF&AM in Chillicothe since 1936.

He was a member of Central Congregational Church in Galesburg from 1950 to 1992, serving several terms as a member of the Board of Trustees. He joined the Galesburg Covenant Church in 1992. He moved to Charlotte in 1997 and became an affiliate member of South Mecklenburg Presbyterian Church, and then attended the First
Presbyterian Church when he moved to Lawrence in 2003.

Graveside service will be 1 p.m. Monday, September 17, 2012 in Memorial Park Cemetery in Galesburg. Rev. Tom Ek will officiate and military honors will be presented by Ralph M. Noble American Legion Post 285. There will be no visitation. Memorials may be made to the Covenant Church Camp Fund, Galesburg, IL 61401, Central Congregational Church Historic Site Trust Fund, Galesburg, IL 61401, or First Presbyterian Church, 2415 Clinton Parkway, Lawrence, KS, 66047. Hinchliff Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.
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