Obit: Russell, Ray Mulford (1897 - 1933)
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Surnames: Russell, Smith, Schlegel, Vaughan

-----Sources: Humbird Enterprise (Humbird, Clark County, Wis.) Sat., 6 Jan. 1934

Russell, Ray Mulford (17 April 1897 - 26 Dec. 1933

Ray Mulford Russell was born in Houghtonburg, town of Alma, Jackson County, Wis., youngest son of Charles H. and Addie Smith Russell, on April 17, 1897, and died at Pine Ridge Sanatorium, Stevens Point, Tuesday evening, Dec. 26, 1933, aged 36 years, 8 months and 9 days.

The family moved to Humbird when Ray was five years old and his home has been here since. He attended school and graduated from high school with the class of 1915. He married Miss Rose Schlegel on May 29, 1918, at Fairchild. One daughter, Marjorie Rose, was born to them.

When his country called Ray answered, and sailed for France in September, 1918. He served there for ten months, with Co. C. 109 infantry, 28th division, bearing his burden with the other soldiers. He returned from the service with impaired health, but worked and carried on as best he could until last fall, when he had to be taken to a sanatorium where he might receive help. His last days were spent in resignation to the fight before him, for he believed he would, in time, get well and did his best to cooperate with his doctors and nurses in the struggle.

He united with the Methodist Episcopal Church in this village in the fall of 1930.

Burial services were held at the church last Friday afternoon, the Rev. G. W. Vaughan officiating, and burial was in the family plot in Houghtonburg cemetery. The members of the American Legion post attended in a body, and a large congregation assembled for the last service.

He leaves to mourn his early death, his wife and daughter, his mother, Mrs. Addie Russell of this village, and two brothers, Hugh of Altoona and Mark of Cadott, and a host of friends and neighbors and comrades in service. His father, one brother, and a sister, preceded him in death.

 

 


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