John L. Russell 3rd

John L. Russell 3rd

Thursday, October 27th, 1932 Tuesday, February 25th, 2020

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Obituary for John L. Russell 3rd

John Lingo Russell 3rd, of New Holland passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 25th, at Pine Run Community in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.
Born October 27, 1932 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he was the son of John L. Russell, Jr. and Florence Phillips. Raised by his beloved granddad and mom-mom, John L. Russell, Sr. and Martha Victoria Bolland. John graduated from Collingdale High School in 1952. Thereafter he was drafted into the United States Army and served in the 40th Infantry Division in Korea. For more than four decades, John worked for the railroad– the Pennsylvania RR, Penn Central, Conrail, Norfolk Southern and CSX, before retiring in 1994. He was a member of the New Holland Church of the Nazarene. Prior to moving to New Holland, he resided in Springfield, Pennsylvania, where he was an active member of the Collingdale Church of the Nazarene. In addition to serving in various local church and district leadership roles, John first started teaching Sunday school at age 15 and continued to teach both children and adults for more than 50 years.
John was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 64 years, Marian (Pauli) Russell, his identical twin brother, Robert Russell, his brother, George Russell, and his sister, Florence Loan. John is survived by his three children: Linda Russell of Boise, Idaho; Karen Corbin and her husband, David, of Sierra Madre, California; and Jonathan Russell and his wife, Jan, of Perkasie, Pennsylvania. He is also survived by four grandchildren: Harrison, Sawyer, Graham and Campbell.
On Sunday, March 8, 2020, relatives and friends are invited to the New Holland Church of the Nazarene, 428 Ranck Rd., New Holland to visit with the family at 2 p.m. followed by a 3 p.m. celebration of John’s life.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a gift to Nazarene Compassionate Ministries in care of the New Holland Church of the Nazarene.
To send the family online condolences visit us at Arrangements by Groff-High Funeral Home, New Holland.

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  • Visitation

    Sunday, March 8th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm
    New Holland Church of the Nazarene
    428 Ranck Rd.
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    Sunday, March 8th, 2020
    2:00pm - 3:00pm
  • Service

    Sunday, March 8th, 2020 | 3:00pm
    New Holland Church of the Nazarene
    428 Ranck Road
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    Sunday, March 8th, 2020
    Steve Kindt
  • Interment

    Indiantown Gap National Cemetery
    54 Indiantown Gap Road
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    Private graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family.

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Lee, Ruth, Jessica, and Kaitlyn, and Lois and Gary

To our loving Uncle John, the last of our family's "Greatest Generation".
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Ken & Janet Mitchell

John was a good friend and a great Sunday School teacher. He will be greatly missed. We look forward to seeing him in heaven. Ken & Janet Mitchell
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Charles Stauffer

Condolences to John's family. I knew his brothers and his sister Flo was in my class.
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Richard Green

Jonathan, Linda and Karen,
Please accept my heatfelt condolences in the passing of your father. He and your mother were great friends and mentors of a sort when I was a member of Collingdale Church of The Nazarene. Their rightous witness for Christ and their valued friendship are cherished by me. God bless and keep you all as you remember their great love. Praise Him for His mercy and grace.
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Debra Winters Lamont

Linda, Karen, and John
My condolences on the loss of you father. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Debra Winters Lamont
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