Russ Harvell, 65, of College Station, was welcomed into Heaven on Wednesday morning, July 31, 2013. Many names are synonymous with this wonderful man: Husband, Dad, Grandy, Uncle Foots, Uncle Crust, Brother, Friend, Soldier and Proud 6th Generation Texan.
Russ was born on September 23, 1947 to Ernest “Dutch” and Marilyn Harvell in Houston, Texas. He attended A&M Consolidated High School, graduating in 1965. Shortly after high school, he joined the Army and honorably served his country as a radio-telephone operator in a long range reconnaissance patrol unit (LLRP) in Southern Vietnam. Upon returning home, Russ received his Bachelor’s degree in Ag Business and Master’s degree in Ag Education from Sam Houston State University. He spent more than 30 years working with the United States Department of Agriculture in various positions around the US, ultimately settling in Little Rock, Arkansas. There he was a member of the VFW, where he was chosen to serve as Post Commander.
Russ’s smile was infectious and his laughter contagious. Never one to turn from a challenge – he faced down bulls as a rodeo clown, tracked enemy forces through the jungle while defending our country and mustered a giggle from his grandkids every time he saw them. His pride in his country and beloved state of Texas was surpassed only by his love for his family. Countless memories will be cherished by his children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews – each blessed to have a unique and special connection with him.
Perhaps his life’s greatest joy was his wife, Linda. Once high school sweethearts, they were reunited 41 years later and shared a love that was truly enviable. Both best friends and business partners- they were the perfect definition of happiness.
Russ also found tremendous strength and peace in his faith in Jesus Christ. He was a member of the Brotherhood Men’s Group and served on the Hospitality Ministry Team at Covenant Family Church.
He is preceded in death by his parents “Dutch” and Marilyn Harvell and his sister Cyndi Crain.
Left to treasure his memory are his wife, Linda Bloom Harvell, daughters Cecilee Herd and husband Larry, Stacey Pellett and husband Mike, Jenny Morris and husband Jared, Darcie Harvell and son Kyle Harvell. He will also be greatly missed by his brothers David Harvell and wife Carolyn, Tobin Harvell, Ernie Harvell and wife Gina, his sisters Linda White and husband Bill, Annetta Carrington, Lennie Diaz-Granados and husband Jim; his grandchildren McKenlee, Kaylee, Will, Carter, Callee, Brinlee, Leilani and Lydia, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, August 3, 2013 from 4:00-6:00 pm at the Callaway-Jones Funeral Home and Crematory. Celebration of life services will be at 4:00 pm Sunday, August 4, 2013 at Covenant Family Church in College Station. Funeral arrangements are in the care of Callaway-Jones Funeral Home and Crematory.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial gifts be given to Covenant Family Church Building Fund, 4010 Harvey Road, College Station, TX 77845.