A family memorial for Charles Ernest “C.E.” Russell Jr., 90, Lawrence, will take place at a later date. Mr. Russell died Tuesday, March 1, 2011, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
He was born Jan. 13, 1921, in Iola, the son of Charles Ernest and Jesse Russell. Mr. Russell was a communications officer in the U.S. Navy, serving two years in the Pacific during World War II. Upon his return, he and his family moved to Lawrence where he completed law school at Kansas University. Mr. Russell practiced law in Wellington from 1948 until retiring in 2003. He also served as city attorney in Wellington for more than 40 years. In 2003, he was honored by the League of Kansas Municipalities for 50 years of service.
Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Joan Russell, a Wellington native; two daughters, Sheryl Aydelott and husband Guy, of Eugene, Ore., and Cara Connelly and husband Jim, of Lawrence; three sons, Mark Russell of Lawrence, Chris Russell and wife Lori, of Boerne, Texas, and Curt Russell, of Wellington; six grandchildren, Todd Aydelott, Ged Aydelott, Corey Russell, Victoria Jackson, Lauren Russell and Michael Russell; and five great-grandchildren.
The family suggests memorials to the KU Endowment Fund at the Law School. Donations may be sent to KU Endowment Fund, c/o Jim Mechler, P.O. Box 928, Lawrence, KS 66044-0928. Designate in memory of C.E. Russell.
Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Messages & Condolences
Sorry to hear of C.E.’s passing. His service to the City of Wellington and the community in general will always be appreciated. Condolences to all the Russell family. Miss you guys.
Sorry to hear of Mr. Russell’s passing. He was a fine gentleman, indeed. Our prayers are with you.
Frank Thompson (WHS ’62)
Barbara Thompson Pasciak
Donna Thompson Vandegriff
~ the three of us happen to be visiting together when I heard of his passing
sheryl my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family love and peace peggy alder miller
Prayers to the family of C.E. Russell. He served as City Attorney for the City of Oxford for many years. C.E.was always present with the answers and/or guidance the city needed. His unique personality made him a pleasure to work with. He is always missed.
My deepest sympathy to the family of C.E. I was the payroll clerk at the City of Wellington when Mr. Russell retired and had the pleasure of visiting with C.E. when he would come in and sign paperwork, etc. He was such an interesting man and I absolutely loved to listen to his life stories that he would share with me. Funny thing is – I was just thinking of him a few weeks ago and wondered how he was doing. He is doing well now in the hands of God!
My thoughts and prayers are with you. I feel so blessed to have known C.E. and to have shared so many memories with the two of you. C.E. leaves a wonderful legacy. He was a great man.
Dear Chris, Lori and family
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. There’s no words that can comfort you the lose of a love one except the promise of God that one day will get to see them again. Hang on to the good thoughts and memories.
Love and prayers
Ivan and Maria
Mrs. Russell and Sheryl,
I am so sorry to learn of Mr. Russell’s death. There are so many happy memories of fun times at your home! Both Mr. and Mrs. Russell were so kind to and patient with a bunch of teen-age girls.
May the Lord’s peace and comfort be very evident to you in the coming days.
I was saddened to hear of your dad’s passing. My sincerest sympathy to your family.
We are so sorry to hear the sad news of your dad.
Please know that we are thinking of you, and we will continue to keep your family in our prayers.
Pam and Bill Keen
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this sad time. I am so fortunate to have worked with C.E. for many years at the City. He was a fountain of knowledge and a wonderful man.
JoAnn – I am so sorry to learn of C.E.’s passing. He was a wonderful man, a true gentleman. I enjoyed working for him and he taught me so much. He enjoyed his life with you and his family. He enjoyed traveling and it seemed he had a special attraction for the Hearst Castle in California. He will truly be missed.
I have you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.
We want to send our heartfelt sympathy to all of your family. God Bless
Joan & family, our heart and prayers go out to you during your loss of C. E. We hold those thoughts of C. E. In our hearts for eternity.
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of C.E. I always enjoyed seeing and talking with him at the golf course. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.
Cara….I am so sorry and sad to hear about the loss of your dad. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
class of 67
Cara- I am so sorry to hear about your Dad, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.
Class of 67
Chris, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your father. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. You were blessed to have him for so long.
Joan,my heart goes out to you. I have such fond memories of our time at Kennedy. Please know that we are thinking of you during this difficult time.
It is so hard to lose your father. How fortunate for us we had such good ones. I always had such great respect for your Dad. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers at this sad time.
I’m sorry to hear about your dad. I think of you guys every time I’m back in Wellington visiting my mom. We pass ‘your house’ many times every trip home & mom always asks ‘do you keep in touch with Cara?’ I’m sorry to say I haven’t kept in close touch with many of our school friends.
I have fond memories of our walks to & from school. You and your family are especially in my thoughts this week. Hugs to you all.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this sad time. May your dear memories of your dad be a comfort to you. He was a father to be proud of and one of the great things about Wellington.
The Carr, Taggart and Engle familes go back many years. My Grandparents, Jacob & Myna Engle lived two doors north of the Taggart family on North B Street. My thoughts are with you all, Jo Ann!
JoAnn: the Carr & Taggart families go back many, many years. My Grandparents, the Engles, lived two doors North of the Taggart famila on B Steet. My prayers go forward with this letter.
Cara….I am so sorry and sad to hear about the loss of your dad. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I really enjoyed working with him and getting to know him during our years together at the City. He was always eager to share his knowledge and his sense of humor. He was an amazing person. May God bless and comfort you and your family.
Cara, So sorry for your loss. You, and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. He will always be with you in your heart.
Our deepest sympathies to the Russell family. You are in our thoughts and prayers. His service to the City of Wellington will always be remembered.
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time. May fond memories comfort you always!
Janet (Meyer) and John Eubank
To the Russell family:
While it has been many years since the brothers and I invaded every corner around our neighborhood in Wellington, I have the fondest memories of the entire Russell family (Cheryl–Josey, Kurt, Cara and Mark, your mother and of course C.E., your father). Though I was young, i vividly recall that your father always exuded stature and class. May God wrap you all in His love and grace, comforting you during this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers go out to each of you.
Cara and family so sorry for your loss. We will have you in our thoughts and prayers. We know God will comfort you. Linda & Gary Grainger
Cara and family,
We send our deepest sympathy in the loss of your father.
(Classes of 1967 & 1966)
While it has been so many years since I lived in Wellington, there are many vivid memories of the entire Russell family. May God’s peace comfort each of you in your loss.
It’s hard to leave the memories of Wellington in the rearview mirror and the Russell home was always open to the neighborhood kids including all the Frazier boys. May your sadness be lifted by all the greatness around your father’s memory.
My sincere condolence for the loss of your father. May knowing that others care lift your sorrow and comfort your heart.
(Class of ’67)
Cara, et al,
I’m sorry for the loss of your father. I remember some really fun family times at your house.
My love and sympathy to you and all of your family.
Cara, Sorry, to hear of your father’s passing. You and your family are in our prayers. May your memories bring peace and comfort to you.
Cara and family: So sorry for your loss—I know you will miss him greatly. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
So sorry to hear about your father – please know we are thinking of you at this sad time.
Pat and Pat Deschaine
Cara, so sorry to hear about you loosing your Daddy. You and your family are in my prayers.
So sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. Alway enjoyed visiting with him and your Mom. He had a good long life and will be missed by all those that new him. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. May your memories of him always bring a smile to your face. (Class of 1967)
Our deepest thoughts and prayers go out to Joan and the Russell family. C.E. was an outstanding person. He always made me laugh the way he watched KU basketball games…after they were over, not during the game itself.
Please know we are thinking of you.
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