He was born in Clay County, March 3, 1918, the son of Benjamin and Ella (Foxworthy) Wolfe.
Russel graduated from Clay City High School. He served his country in the United States Army during World War II in North Africa, Sicily and Italy. He was honorably discharged in 1945 as a medical technician.
He married Ruth Ella Long April 24, 1945. She preceded him in death in 1983.
Russel worked for Peabody Coal Company, retiring in 1983.
For several years, Russel attended church at Beech Church. Later in life, he was instrumental in building Friendly Open Bible Church and served with Youth for Christ for many years. Gideon's International has been a passion of Russel's for several years. Recently, along with Dr. Fred Froderman and Rodger Hoffman, Russel had ministered to the inmates at the Clay County Justice Center.
Russel enjoyed music and led singing in his church. He loved to serve the Lord in any capacity he was called to work.
Russel was also a member of the Clay City American Legion 225, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6606, served as a Trustee to the Beech Cemetery Association and sang with the Miner's Quartet in many churches.
He was preceded in death by his parents Benjamin and Ella Wolfe, wife Ruth Wolfe, and nine siblings.
Russel leaves behind two daughters, Sylvia Kirchner and husband Gene, and Rebecca Lewis and husband Richard "Rick," both of Clay City, grandchildren Julie Kassis (Alan), Gena Pulley (Chad), Jill Harms (Russell), Derrick Lewis and Troy Lewis, great-grandchildren Zachrey Watkins, Abraham Kassis, William Harms, Owen Harms and Mia Pulley, brother Clarence Wolfe, as well as many nieces, nephews and extended family members.
Services will be at Schoppenhorst Funeral Home, Clay City, Saturday, July 7, 2012, at 10:30 a.m., with Pastor Brad West and Dr. Fred Froderman officiating.
Burial will follow at Beech Cemetery.
Visitation will be at the funeral home Friday, from 4-8 p.m.
If friends so desire, donations may be made to Gideon's, Clay County, PO Box 271, Brazil, Ind., 47834.
Visit www.schoppenhorstfuneralhome.com to light a candle in his memory.