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Robert John Russell

July 26, 1936 ~ August 29, 2023 (age 87) 87 Years Old
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Robert John Russell, 87, of Lake Geneva, passed away Tuesday, August 29th, 2023.

Robert was born on July 26th, 1936 in Lake Geneva, WI to his loving parents, the late John and Julia (Otto) Russell. He married the love of his life, Judith Ann Bollweg, on June 18th, 1960 at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Lake Geneva, WI and shared two sons together, Bob and Tom Russell. 

Robert graduated from Lake Geneva High in 1954 and shortly after, joined the armed forces where he served in the Navy for four years. Later in life, he owned and operated Big John's Restaurant located in Slades Corners for three years. He enjoyed being surrounded by friends and family and loved spending time on his Goldwing motorcycle.

He is survived by his wife, Judith, and their two children, Bob (Amy) Russell and Tom (Carrie) Russell, his sister, Mary (Bill) Peroutka, and five grandchildren Joe, Matt, Annie, Jack, Jimmy Russell and Annie's husband Sam. He is preceded in death by his loving parents, John and Julia Russell, and his sister, Sue Pawlak. 

Services for Robert will be held on Wednesday, September 13th, 2023 at St. Francis De Sales Catholic Church in Lake Geneva. The visitation will begin at 9:30am leading up to the funeral mass at 10:30am. A graveside burial will immediately follow the funeral mass at St. Francis Cemetery.

In lieu of other expressions the family has asked to donate in Bob's name to Aurora at Home Hospice.  A link has been provided below.


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September 13, 2023

9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church
148 W. Main Street
Lake Geneva, WI 53147

Funeral Mass
September 13, 2023

10:30 AM
St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church
148 W. Main Street
Lake Geneva, WI 53147

Graveside Service
September 13, 2023

11:45 AM
St. Francis de Sales Cemetery
Highway 50
Lake Geneva, WI 53147


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950 North 12th Street, Suite A511, Milwaukee WI 53233
Tel: 1-877-460-8730


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