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Memorial Service

Beaver First Christian Church
Saturday March 11th, 2023

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William "Bill" Giles Russell

William G. Russell, (84), of Beaver Oklahoma, passed away on March 5th. William, fondly known as Bill, was born to Roscoe (Mike) and Gertrude Russell, on April 23, 1938, In Dodge City Kansas. In 1941, at the age of three, Bill’s family moved to Beaver. Through his days in high school, Bill was well known for his cornet and trumpet playing expertise as well as his love for fast cars. In his adult years, he was a serious business man that continued the family Ford dealership into its 72nd year.

Aside from his love for fast cars, Bill enjoyed his time in community service with the Jaycees that included involvement with calling Saturday night Bingo, the many events surrounding the Cimarron Territory Celebration, the annual Old West Shootout and lighting the Town of Beaver’s 4th of July fireworks. He was also involved with the First Christian Church in the choir and by serving as a Deacon for many years. Bill was also known for his love of Duster sports and was a Sooner faithful that never missed a televised game. Many people that knew him remember his booming voice that could be heard over the crowd and his infectious laugh that made everyone smile. He was a big fan of the New York Yankee baseball team and a devoted enthusiast for the professional St. Louis/Phoenix Cardinal football team. He also displayed incredible love and devotion to his children and grandchildren with his constant attention given to the small details with each one of them. From a simple game of cards, playing catch or teaching the proper ways of thoughtfulness, he was always committed to their betterment.

Bill is preceded in death by his father and mother, his sister Mona, his son Shawn and granddaughter Kaylana. He is survived by his beloved wife Sue, of Beaver, his son Brock and wife Stacey, of Beaver, his daughter Stacey Leinen and husband Destin of Amarillo Texas, his daughter Stefanie Fulton and husband David of Kingston Oklahoma, his step daughter Amy Almond and husband Chris, of Knowles, and his step daughter Anna Davis and husband Kenny, of Pond Creek, as well as 14 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren with another on the way.

In lieu of flowers, people wishing to honor Bill’s lifelong commitment to family and community can make donations to the First Christian Church of Beaver. 




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Many thoughts and prayers go out to all of you!! You could always count on Bill
had a way with ppl and could put a smile on their face without even trying to!! 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

Niki Norton Mar 11 2023 12:12 AM

A candle was lit in memory of William "Bill" Russell

Judy Prince Mar 10 2023 12:02 PM

Several months ago Bill called just to visit, share a few stories and as always a few laughs. He contributed so much to Beaver and was a friend to everyone. I will always treasure our friendship and the many good times and memories we shared.

Tim Leonard Mar 9 2023 12:10 AM

Sorry for your loss. He was an icon in Beaver for many years. He will be missed by many. Prayers and Blessings for your family.

Chuck Marshall Mar 8 2023 8:11 PM

I’ll never forget you and how much you cared for everything. I’m glad you are no longer in pain. Always loved seeing you at the ford dealership in beaver. Love you grandpa

Colton Simpson. Mar 8 2023 6:54 PM

A candle was lit in memory of William "Bill" Russell

Debbie Thompson Mar 8 2023 6:02 PM

Our love and prayers for you loss!
Larry and Leta Mikles

Leta mikles Mar 8 2023 5:29 PM

Bill was a great person and gentleman. He always had a laugh, also a good salesman if you were interested in one of his
vehicle. Our thoughts and prayers for the family🙏

Carolyn Harper Mar 8 2023 5:00 PM

Bill, I’ve known you for so many years. Babysitter to the kids and friends with you both. I’ll remember all the advice you gave to me when growing up. I love your kids like my own. You did a great job with them. I know you’re very proud ! Fly high my friend until we meet again …. Dena Van Middlesworth-Mahaffey

Dena Mahaffey Mar 8 2023 4:40 PM

Bill was a very sweet man, with a great sense of humor and great big heart! May God give the family and friends peace, strength, and healing during this difficult time.

Linda M McClure Mar 8 2023 3:45 PM

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