Mark Elliott Russell, age 64, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, October 15, 2020. He is preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Ruth Russell; father-in-law, Arnold DeLoof; and sister-in-law, Karen DeLoof. He is survived by Nancy Russell; his children, Andy Russell, David Devroy, Scott DeLoof; mother-in-law, Norann DeLoof; brothers, Richard (Carolyn) Russell, David (Terri) Russell, Thomas (Amy) Russell; brother and sister-in-law, Brian (Barb) DeLoof; uncle, Neal (Rusty) Russell; several nieces and nephews; and many special friends. Mark was born in Ionia, MI, graduated from Midland Dow High School, then went on to graduate from Olivet College where he played football and baseball. Mark began his 40-year career teaching and coaching at Lowell Area Schools in 1979. He was widely respected by staff and students. He was proud to be a part of three football state championships during his career. Together Mark and his son, Andy, traveled around the nation visiting minor and major league baseball stadiums. He was a diehard MSU fan. He enjoyed golfing and walks. After retirement, Mark enjoyed working at Ada Park as a groundskeeper. He was a kind and quiet person, who was loved by his family and friends. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Roth-Gerst Chapel, 305 N. Hudson St. Lowell, MI 49331. A Celebration of Life will be held under a tent at the Lowell Red Arrow Football Stadium on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 1 p.m. with visitation one-hour prior. Noel Dean Officiating. Interment Oakwood Cemetery. Per the Michigan Executive order in place, those in attendance to either, must wear a face covering. Memorial contributions may be made to Lowell Pink Arrow Pride, c/o Lowell Community Wellness, P.O. Box 246, Lowell, MI 49331.
Thoughts and sympathy to the family. Mark was a friend and colleague for over forty years. I have fond memories of going to MSU basketball games with him. He’ll be missed at Red Arrow events.
Nancy and Family,
So sorry to hear of Mark’s passing. He was such a gentle soul. He will be missed.
With deepest sympathy,
Jean and Don Seman
Mark you will be missed, thank you for everything you have done for the kids and the community.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family