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John Pearce Russell

ZEPHYRHILLS, Fla. - John Pearce Russell, of Montreal, Wis., passed away peacefully after a brief but courageous battle with pancreatic cancer on Feb. 12, 2016, in Zephyrhills, with his loving wife, Carolee, at his side.

John was a loving husband of Carolee Russell; brother to Mary Katherine (Katie) Walters, Quincey, Ill .; brother-in-law to Arthur Ramme, Ironwood, Mich., and Kathy (Bobe) Claremboux, Mason, Wis .; proud father of Jill (Byron) VanderLeest, Shawnee, Kan., Jennifer Russell, Rochester, Minn., Sarah (Bertrand) Le Bourdonnec, Northborough, Mass., and John (Amy) Russell, Jacksonville; proud stepfather of Jesse and Brady Ilminen, both of Minneapolis, and Elaina Ilminen. of Portland, Ore .; grandfather to Josh, Paige and Drew VanderLeest, Luisa and Th`eo Le Bourdonnec, and Connor Russell; and loving uncle to many nephews and nieces.

Per his wishes, cremation has taken place. A celebration of life service will take place in July.

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