WINSLOW - Russell L. Aurand age 89 of Winslow passed away on Monday, December 9, 2013 at Monroe Clinic Hospital. He was born on May 27, 1924 in Kent, IL the son of Leslie and Laura (Wise) Aurand. He served our country in the United States Air Force from 1944-1946. Russell married Lucille M. Leitzen on June 30, 1948 in Stockton, IL, she preceded him in death on December 15, 1996. Russell farmed in the Lena area from 1953-1968, worked for Stover Steel in Freeport, IL and operated the Lake-Le-Aqua-Na concessions stand until he retired. He was a member of the American Legion in McConnell, IL. Russell enjoyed fishing, playing cards, pool and doing yard work.
He is survived by three daughters: Janice (Kurt) Miller of Lexington, KY, Jeanne (John) Nielsen of Delavan, WI, Sharon Tillis of Tilden, NB; two sons: Norman Aurand of Orangeville, IL and Lamont (Diane) Aurand of Lena, IL; seven grandchildren, two step-grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. Sister-in-law: Darlene Aurand of Lena, IL and a brother-in-law: William Leitzen of Gratiot, WI. Many nieces and nephews, special friends Marlen Stamm and Gary Harter.
He is preceded by his parents, wife, son, Steven and son in-laws Daniel J. Tillis Sr and Robert Ferguson II. Brothers and sisters: Alvin, Glen, Helen Markwardt, Verna, Lee and Wayne Aurand and his springer spaniel "Buddy."
Funeral services will be at 1:00 pm Saturday December 14, 2013 at the Leamon Funeral Home Lena, IL
Visitation will be from 11:00 am until time of service on Saturday December 14, 2013 at Leamon Funeral Home, Lena, IL.
Officiating will be Father Michael Morrissey
Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery in Stockton, IL
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.leamonfh.com.
In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established for the McConnell American Legion.