Born December 3, 1951, in Utica, NY, he was the son of the late Harold Cole and Wilma Freida (Riecker) Cole.
Russell was a graduate of Waterville Central High School in New York and received an Associate’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from SUNY-Morrisville in New York.
He was of the Christian faith.
Russell retired from Morgan Keller as a supervisor. He was a “Jack of all trades” with a passion for woodworking. Russell was a very talented and knowledgeable individual. He enjoyed making handmade gifts for family members.
He is survived by his loving wife of 28 years, Reba Diane (Obitts) Cole; his children, Heather Cole Bowers (Joel), Jennifer Rourke, Doug Leggett, Brad Leggett (Wendy), and John Leggett (Kristen); a brother, Gary Cole (Donna); 17 grandchildren including, Alex, Adley, and Lakin (his ice cream girl); 6 great-grandchildren and one on the way; and numerous cousins.
There will be no viewing or visitation.
A memorial service will be announced at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to John R. Marsh Cancer Center, 11110 Medical Campus Road, Suite 129, Hagerstown, MD 21740 or to a charity of your choice.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.thompsonfhinc.com.
Donald Edwin Thompson Funeral Home, Inc. is honored to serve the family.