RIPLEY AND CALAIS - John Michael Russell, 19, died unexpectedly May 31, 2014 as the result of a motorcycle accident. He was born Feb. 26, 1995, in Bangor, a son of Roger and Jennie (Marcello) Russell, Jr.
He graduated from Dexter Regional High School, Class of 2013, and from Washington County Community College, Class of 2014. John was continuing his education at the college this fall. He studied to be a diesel mechanic and was looking forward to a future at Freightliner of Maine. John enjoyed many sports, including playing football, wrestling, riding dirtbikes and snowsleds, and fishing.
In addition to his parents of Ripley, he is survived by his maternal grandparents, George and Sharon Couture; siblings, Christine Marcello, Kaitlyn Gantnier, (Summer Wilson) Jessie Gantnier, (Samantha Wilson) and DJ Gantnier, Jake Russell, Grace Russell; and his unborn daughter; many beloved aunts, uncles, cousins, his dog Mercedes, and many friends. He was predeceased by his grandmother, Audrey Branum; grandfather, Roger Russell, Sr.; and cousins, Jeremy and Michael Russell, Jr.
Friends may visit from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 4th, at Crosby & Neal, 117 Main St., Newport, where funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, with Pastor Stephen Dean officiating. Burial will be in the West Garland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to assist the family with funeral expenses, c/o of Crosby & Neal. Those who wish may leave written tributes at www.CrosbyNeal.com