HARRISBURG — Ralph Cowgill Russell, 61, of Harrisburg passed away Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021.
He was born April 18, 1959, in Midland, Texas. He had lived all over the United States as a union plumber/pipefitter.
Ralph served and completed his apprenticeship in Local 239-Odessa, Texas, in 1984 and later moved his membership to Local 211-Houston, Texas, in 1995, which he worked through until his early retirement in 2012.
His eye for detail in his profession helped him find his niche while working and living in the Houston area. He was regularly called in as the finisher to troubleshoot and punch list out projects before turning them over to the owners.
He retired in 2012 and moved to Harrisburg to be a full-time caregiver for his parents.
He enjoyed time outdoors, spending time with family, tinkering with projects and loved riding his Harley. Ralph was always willing to lend a hand and was truly cherished by his family.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Joe B. Russell Jr., his sister, Barbara Christine Green, and nephew, Anthony “Tony” Joe Russell.
Survivors include his parents, Joe Burns Russell Sr. and Barbara Ann Chaplain Russell of Harrisburg; one sister, Joyce Ann Russell-Dew of Jonesboro; one brother-in-law, Rondal Green and wife Diana of Huffman, Texas; three nieces, Christy Harris and husband Ryan of Brookland, Shelly Anderson and husband Jeff of Jonesboro and Amy Cobbley and husband Ken of Huffmans; and three nephews, Adam Russell and wife Kate of Joliet, Ill., and Wesley and Josh Russell of Paducah, Ky., as well as his great-nephews and nieces.
A celebration of life will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday at Jackson’s Funeral Home in Harrisburg A private burial service will be held at a later date in Oak Grove Cemetery at Weiner.
Lasting memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.
Online tributes: www. jacksonsfh.com