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.