Dennis “Ray” Russell was born on April 27, 1944 in the Wood County area near Hawkins, Texas. He was born at home to Donald Ray and Minnie Ruth Farmer Russell, and weighed on the meat scales of his grandfather’s country store. On Sunday, November 17, 2019, while surrounded by family, Ray passed peacefully after a battle with heart illness. He was 75 years old.
When Ray’s father returned from World War II, the family enjoyed many adventures and travels. He was just raised as a part of that great generation, and it always showed in his kindness, love for adventure and joy for life. One of the best things his parents taught him was a love for fishing and he shared this love with his entire family and many of his friends! This legacy lives on in his own children, his son-in-law and his many grandchildren. Ray was an avid bass fisherman and made many new friends through his days fishing in tournaments around East Texas. There was always a fish story to be told, and his wish was to be cremated and scattered in his favorite fishing spots.
He also loved his Dallas Cowboys, and was happy to know they’d won last week. He passed shortly after the conclusion of their game.
Ray was proceeded in death by his beloved parents and his brother-in-law Myron “Wayne” Hedlund earlier in 2019.
He is survived by his late wife Patricia of Frankston, and his beloved puppies Patrick and Ray-Ray. Ray is also survived by his “Sis”, Mary Hedlund of Palestine, his daughter Debe Hukill and husband Kevin of Flint, daughter Kelley McBride and husband Curtis of Brazoria, his son Donnie Russell of Brazoria and a step-son, John David Collie and wife Alice of Palestine.
Dennis had six grandchildren and one great-granddaughter, all of whom he was immensely proud and always loved to hear of their latest and greatest achievements and adventures. He always wanted to know what was going on in their lives, and he bragged about them to every doctor and nurse he had the privilege of being treated by.
In his honor, the family will hold a small, private memorial at a later date. In leu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Frankston Fire Department. He was on a first name basis with them, a they’d helped him up from many a fall. Donations may be sent to:
Frankston Fire Dept
c/o City Hall
PO Box 186
Frankston, TX. 75763
Please include “In Memory of Dennis Russell” in the memo line.