He was born Dec. 6, 1940, in Tupelo, Miss., son of William and Johnnie Lou Ivey Russell.
Russell owned Russell Construction. He was a member of Eagles Aerie 3775 in Cape Girardeau, American Legion Post 369 in Benton, Mo., and Southeast Missouri Horseshoe Association.
He served in the U.S. Army.
Survivors include a daughter, Karen Ziegler of Scott City; two brothers, Dennis Russell of Sikeston, Mo., Lee Russell of Parkin, Ark.; three sisters, Bernice Markley of Chandler, Texas, Peggy Johnson of Indianapolis, Ind., Ruby Caulk of Rochelle, Ill.; five grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, a sister and a grandchild.
Visitation will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Scott City.
A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Lightner Cemetery, with the Rev. John Nimmo officiating.