Russell B. French, 85

Russell B. French, 85, of March St., Ellwood City died on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at his residence following a brief illness.

Born June 6, 1928 in Ellwood City, he was the son of the late Lawrence C. and Alice Leubin French. He was married for 62 years to Lillian Durbin French who survives.

Russell graduated from Lincoln High School and continued his education at Penn State University, graduating in 1950. He served his country during the Korean Conflict. Following the war, Russell moved to Long Island, New York in 1952 and worked as an Electrical Engineer at Sperry Corporation for 32 years. Following retirement in 1984, he returned to his hometown of Ellwood City. He was Lutheran by faith.

In addition to his wife, Lillian, survivors include a son, Howard (Jo Ann) French of Falcon Heights, Minnesota; a daughter, Judy Thomson of Colorado Springs, Colorado; a sister, Dorothy Hoffman of Jacksonville, Florida; and five grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a son in law, William Thomson.

Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday, January 1 from 1 until the time of the funeral service at 3 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City.

Pastor Dick Allen will officiate the services. Entombment will follow in the Slippery Rock Mausoleum.

Memorial Contributions may be made to donor’s favorite charity.

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