CORINNA AND LARGO, FLA. - Melvin A. Russell Sr., 87, passed away on Thursday, June 12, 2014, at Oak Manor Nursing Home in Largo, Florida, after a short illness. He was born in Corinna, September 10, 1926, a son of Horace and Irma (Pattee) Russell. He lived most of his life in Corinna until moving to Florida in 2007. He served in the U.S. Army Air Force following World War II. He worked as a herdsman for a number of years, and then worked for more than 35 years for the Maine Central Railroad.
Since the 1950s Melvin and Rowena were both very active members in the Pleasant Street Christian Church in Corinna. For many years they were avid gardeners and raised large amounts of fruits and vegetables at their home on the Nokomis Road in Corinna. They loved to travel and made many trips to Canada and the West Coast. They wintered in Kissimmee, Florida, following their retirement. Melvin was also a lifelong member of the Parian Masonic Lodge, Corinna, and a member of the Corinna Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Survivors are his son and daughter-in-law, Mel and Peggy Russell of St. Petersburg, Florida; four grandsons, Christopher and wife, Kasei, of Longwood, FL, Stephen and wife, Layla, of Clearwater, FL, Timothy and wife, Emily, of Winter Park, FL, and Benjamin of Sarasota, FL; four great-grandchildren; a brother and sister-in-law, Ronald and Annie Russell of Rumford; a brother-in-law, Bourke Trask and his wife, Esther, of Holden; special cousins, Roger and Barbara Whitehead of Bangor; several nieces and nephews, as well as several great-nieces and great-nephews. Melvin was predeceased by his wife of more than 51 years, Rowena (Whitehead) Russell in 2005; his son, James Allen Russell; his sister, Myrtle (Russell) Williams Manzer; and his parents.
Graveside committal services will be held at a later date at the Corinna Village Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Pleasant Street Christian Church, 29 St. Albans Road, Corinna, Maine 04928. Arrangements are by Crosby & Neal Chapel, 68 Exeter Road, Corinna. Those who wish may leave written condolences at www.CrosbyNeal.com.