Vernon Lee Roy Russell, 96, of Winfield, passed away Monday morning, Dec. 30, 2019, at the Kansas Veterans Home just days after visiting with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren over the Christmas holidays.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, at Miles Funeral Service in Winfield. Interment and military committal honors will follow at Highland Cemetery. A visitation is scheduled from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. The family will greet visitors from 4 to 6.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Kansas Honor Flights. Contributions can be made through the funeral home. Online condolences can be made at www.milesfuneralservice.com.
Born July 29, 1923 in Winslow, Ark., he was the third of 10 children born to Kizzie (Sumner) and Roy Russell. He lived most of his 96 years in the Winfield and Atlanta areas. Lee Roy proudly served his country in the United States Army during World War II in Company A 149th Engineer Combat Brigade. He landed on Omaha Beach in Normandy, France on June 6, 1944 with the first wave.
Lee Roy was united in marriage to Glenice Audine Henderson on Dec. 21, 1945, in Atlanta. The couple made their home in Winfield, where Lee Roy worked in the oil fields. He later worked as a mechanic at Binney & Smith. Glenice preceded him in death on Feb. 18, 1983.
Lee Roy married Nellie P. Scott on Jan. 7, 1984, at First Christian Church in Winfield. The couple enjoyed traveling the states and visiting with family and friends. Nellie preceded him in death on Nov. 14, 2009.
He was a member of First Christian Church in Winfield where he served as a deacon. He was a devoted fan of the Winfield Viking family for over 65 years, attending a multitude of school programs, games and events. He enjoyed tinkering with various projects during retirement, making usable items out of auction trash and treasures.
In addition to his parents and wives, Lee Roy was preceded in death by a brother, Donald; six sisters, Arzona, Adel, Marjorie, Pauline, Wanda and Maxine; a daughter, Karen Proctor; and two great-grandchildren, Nathaniel and Alissa Russell.
His family includes his children, Dale Russell and wife, Kay of Winfield, Sheryl Pilkington and husband, Charles of Winfield, Joyce Van Arsdale and husband, Bob of Albuquerque, N.M., Diane Ward and husband, Russ, of Warrensburg, Mo., Keith Crum and wife, Debby, of Mansfield, Ga., and Galen Crum and wife, Sara, of Smolan; his godson, Roger Nickell, of Houston, Texas; his brothers, Jay D. Russell of Phoenix, Ariz. and Harold Nickell of Magnolia, Texas; his 25 grandchildren; and 33 great-grandchildren.