Obituary: Harold Russell


Harold P. Russell, 100, of Eldridge, passed away Wednesday Sept. 22, 2021, with family at his side. Harold was born in Ohio, Ill., on Oct. 14, 1920, the son of Joseph T. and Helena A. (Cecil) Russell. He married Margaret A. Young in 1949 and she preceded him in 1990; he then married Lois M. Garrison in 1992 and she preceded him in 2014. Harold was a WWII Army veteran. He was affiliated with the Baptist Church in Portage, Ind. He loved woodworking; square dancing, cribbage, reading books and listening to books and was an avid history buff. Harold is survived by his son: Thomas (Linda) Russell; stepsons: Bruce (Carolyn) Garrison and Brent (Maggie) Garrison; grandchildren: Lynn (Michael) Kennedy and Timothy (Tara) Russell; great-grandchildren: Madelynn, J.J., Hunter, Chancelor and Lorelai; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.  Harold was preceded in death by his parents, both wives, brothers and sisters.

Graveside services to celebrate Harold’s life were held Wednesday Sept. 29, at Willwood Cemetery 7000 West State St. in Rockford, Ill. Advantage Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements. Condolences may be sent to

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