Don Dee Russell

Don Dee Russell, age 80, of Medford, died Thursday, Jan. 1, 2009, at his home. No services will be held. Hull & Hull Funeral Directors are in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to Rogue Valley Dialysis Patient Trust Fund, 760 Golf View Drive, Medford, Oregon 97504. You may visit the family's guest book at

Don was born April 8, 1928, in Barnard, Mo., to Orval and Lela Russell. He met his wife at Oriska High School in Oriska, N.D. On Sept. 26, 1948, in Moorehead, Minn., he married Grace Ruth Wiest, who survives. He worked for the City of Central Point retiring in 1990. He has lived in the Rogue Valley for 43 years. From January 2000 to February 2008 he lived in Grants Pass. His hobbies included camping, woodworking, fishing, and vegetable gardening, especially raising beans and tomatoes.

In addition to his wife, Grace, survivors include daughter, JoAnn Peyton, of Central Point; son, David Russell of Shady Cove; six sisters; two brothers; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister.