Millinocket – Leonard F. “Buff” Russell, 86, died Monday, February 13 at his home in Millinocket. He was born December 25, 1925 in Millinocket, the son of Herman E. and Arline G. (Harriman) Russell.
Buff grew up in Millinocket, and married Geraldine Bouchard on April 2, 1945 at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church in Millinocket. He served briefly in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Buff then worked for the Great Northern Paper Company for 37 years, retiring in October of 1986. Buff was a communicant of Christ the Divine Mercy Parish at St. Martin’s, and was a member and past president of the Millinocket chapter of AARP, as well as a former member of the Millinocket Housing Authority.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Geraldine Russell of Millinocket; four children, Mary Elizabeth Dexter of Hollis Center, Leonard “Bud” Russell, Jr. of Millinocket, Ricky Russell of Millinocket, and James D. Russell of South Newfane, Vermont; four sisters, Mildora “Dolly” Ronco of Norton, MA, Marjorie Mitchell of Mansfield, Ina Pinette of Mansfield, MA, and Mary Stratton of Attleboro, MA; six grandchildren, Sarah Dexter, Lindsey Soriano, Mark Dexter, Heather LaPlante, Jill Cram, and Amber Russell; six great grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Buff was predeceased by a son, William H. Russell, and a daughter in law, M. Frances Russell in 2000.
Friends are invited to visit with the family 6-8 P.M. Wednesday, February 15 at the Lamson Funeral Home, 11 Tamarack St., Millinocket. Funeral services will be held 10 A.M. Thursday, February 16 at Christ the Divine Mercy Parish at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church, 19 Colby St., with Deacon Dan Watson presiding. Gifts in memory of Buff may be sent to the Katahdin Area Support Group, 10 Field St., Millinocket, ME 04462.