Born Dec. 26, 1931, in Terre Haute, he was the son of Charles Russell and Naomi Marvel Russell.
He graduated from the University of New Mexico.
He worked at Reece Oil Company for 17 years and was an avid golfer. He loved working in the yard and garden.
He married Sally Ryan Russell.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Jim Russell, and children Brett Russell and Michael Sandlin.
He is survived by his wife of 39 years Sally Ryan Russell, sons Michael Russell, Jon C. Russell and wife Anita, and Matthew R. Sandlin and wife Sheli, daughter Jennifer Sandlin Sewell and husband Craig, grandchildren Brandon Russell, Lindsay Russell, Austin Russell, Madison Russell, Ryan Sandlin, Zachary Sandlin, Hana Sandlin, Cody Sandlin, Carrie Sewell Roberts, Sarah Sewell Tippin and Amanda Sewell.
Services will take place at Mattox-Ryan Funeral Home, 602 S. 7th St., Terre Haute, Saturday, at 2 p.m., with Father Richard Kaley officiating. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery.
Visitation is Saturday, from noon until time of service.