Russell had been a resident of Puxico for 40 years. He attended Woodland High School in Marble Hill and was a veteran of the US Army. He was a graduate of the University of Missouri, where he received his BS in Animal Science and completed his masters and specialist degrees in education. He taught vocational agriculture and was the advisor for the Fredericktown, Puxico and Dexter FFA chapters. After he retired from education, he was employed by the University of Missouri extension in Ellington, where he served as an agribusiness specialist. He most recently worked with the Missouri AgriAbility Project. He took great pride in his work and received many accolades.
Russell attended the Puxico First General Baptist Church and had served on the Puxico School Board. He enjoyed working on his farm, tending to his cattle, helping people, traveling, working his garden, hunting, fishing and spending time with his family.
On Jan. 26, 1969, he was married to Wanda Barks in Marble Hill, Mo.
Surviving are his wife, Wanda Ramsey, of Puxico, Mo.; one son, Tyler Ramsey of Kansas City, Mo.; one daughter, Regina (Randy) Stephens of Puxico, Mo.; one granddaughter, Lily Stephens; and one sister, Elizabeth Gable, of Oak Ridge, Mo. Other relatives and friends also survive.
He was preceded in death by one brother, Lloyd "Wesley" Ramsey, and his grandparents who raised him, Jim W. and Alice Baker.
Visitation was held Monday, Dec. 12, 2011, at 5 p.m. at the Watkins & Sons Funeral Home in Puxico, Mo.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Dec.13, 2011, at 10 a.m. at the First General Baptist Church in Puxico, Mo., with Rev. Kenneth Lambert of Bloomfield officiating.
Interment took place in the Bollinger County Memorial Cemetery in Marble Hill, Mo., with military honors. Watkins & Sons Funeral Service of Puxico was in charge of arrangements.