Russell Emmons, 73Russell Dean Emmons, 73, died March 6, 2011 at his home.
Russell Dean Emmons, 73, died March 6, 2011 at his home.
Russell was born in Pipestone County on June 7, 1937, the son of Reynolds and Leonora (Goettsch) Emmons. He attended country school and graduated from Canby High School where he participated on the football and basketball teams. As a youth, Russell enjoyed being outdoors, hunting and fishing, riding horses and helping on the family farm.
Russell continued his education; going to airline school in Chicago and was hired by Ozark Airlines. On September 14, 1957, Russell was united in marriage to LuAnn Giese in Canby. The couple lived in Rockford, Illinois, and then moved for a short period of time to Austin, Minnesota, before they settled in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where Russell continued his career as station manager for Ozark Airlines.
After a 37-year career in the airline industry, Russell retired in 1992, and with his wife, LuAnn, moved to Alexandria, where they had spent many summers at Lake Cowdry. Russell continued to enjoy fishing, hunting, traveling and spending time at the lake with his family.
He is survived by his children, Todd (Sandy) Emmons of Alexandria and Kelly (Kevin) Beilke of Alexandria; grandchildren, Katelyn Beilke and Alex Emmons; great-grandchild, Kameron Nuriddin; brothers, Glenn (Fern) Emmons of Canby and Ron (Janice) Emmons of St. Michael; sister, Lois (Cotton) Johnson of Hendricks; and sisters-in-law, Helen Emmons of Starbuck and Della Emmons of Canby.
Russell was preceded in death by his parents; wife, LuAnn; grandson, Kyle Beilke; and brothers, Ira and Eugene.
A funeral service was held on Friday, March 11 at Calvary Lutheran Church in Alexandria with the Rev. Mark Astrup officiating. Music was provided by Sandy Buckner and the Calvary Praise Worship Band. Interment was at Kinkead Cemetery in Alexandria with Wendell Giese, Douglas Giese, Wayne Giese, Jason Emmons, Brad Johnson, Keith Johnson, Michael Emmons and Jeff Emmons serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Greg Emmons, Cotton Johnson, Ron Emmons, Glenn Emmons and Derek Emmons.
Arrangements are with Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria; www.andersonfuneral.net.
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