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James Robert Russell

James Robert Russell    James Robert Russell, 84, died on March 26, of complications of  Alzheimer’s, at Pondera Medical Center Extended Care, where he lived for almost three years.
    Prior to entering the care facility he was cared for at home by his loving wife, Lucille.
    Cremation has taken place and memorial services will be March 30 at 11 a.m. at the Pondera Valley Lutheran Church in Conrad. Private burial will be prior to the services at Hillside cemetery. Pondera Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
    Survivors include wife Lucille, Conrad; daughter Juanita (Jim) Karr, Elko Nev.; sister Mildred Johnson, Great Falls; stepdaughter Bette (Burt) Johnston, Fort Peck; and stepson Bruce Piane, Roundup; grandsons Troy (Debbie) Bungay, Kalispell; Corey (Kelli) Bungay, Ocoee Fla.; Dan (Kristy) Bungay, Kalispell; Jonathan (Audrey) Karr, Elko; granddaughter Jacita (Tim) Young, Elko; and step-granddaughters Stephanie, Devin and Casey  Johnston. Jim also has seven great grandchildren.
    Jim was the youngest child of Roy and Neita Dubuque Russell, early pioneers who came from Snohomish, Wash. in 1915 and farmed in the Ledger area for many years.  Jim, a hard worker, continued to operate the family farm most of his life.  He was born October 26, 1922 at home in Sternberg, now Ledger and graduated from Conrad High School in 1940.  Jim was known for his community service and was active in Pondera County area programs such as the Ledger Community Club Board and Ledger Rifle Club.  He was a member of the Pondera Lodge #80 AF of AM, Royal Arch Masons, Algeria Shrine Temple, Tri County Shrine Club and the Corvette Patrol. He worked for Federal Crop Insurance Corp. as Field Supervisor for many years enjoying the people he worked with and meeting so many farmers in Montana and as far east as Iowa.  He was known as an excellent marksman and enjoyed hunting and fishing with family and friends.
    He liked taking his grandkids fishing and snowmobiling; he had two small Arctic Cat snowmobiles for the grandkids to match granddad  and  grandma LaVerne’s.   Snowmobiling was really a kick for Jim as he liked to try and out run the rabbits! He and LaVerne did a lot of snowmobiling with friends.
    Jim was always ready to tell a good joke or two, smiling all the while. He will be remembered for the jokes he played on people too!
    Jim liked loading up his Shriner Friends in his motor home to attending meetings with Jim being the designated driver.
    He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Clifford, sister Lois Kabrick, his wife of over 40 years and mother of his children, LaVerne (Bronson); son Jacque LeRoy; and daughter Iris LaVerne Bungay.
    Memorials can be made to the Shriners Hospital in Spokane in care of Lester Nevins, Shelby, The Pondera Special Care Unit or donors choice.