Nile R. Russell
April 02, 1922 - October 08, 2011
Nile R. “Dick” Russell of Wolverine Lake was born on April 2, 1922 in Detroit, Michigan to Nile and Amelia (nee: Chapp) Russell and died October 8, 2011 in Novi at age 89.

Beloved husband of 63 years to Margaret Russell. Loving father of: Richard, Tim (Tammy), Jack (Pam), Ken (Shirley) Russell, Jan (Denny) Behen, and Alice (Brad) McKinley. Also 8 grandchildren, and 1 great granddaugher. Brother of Eileen Dagroso and Lee LaRose. Also several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Russell was a WWII Army Veteran and was active in the Senior Olympics as well as an avid Bowler and Softball player. He was president and owner of Kennedy Optical in Waterford.

Funeral mass from St. William Catholic Church 531 Common Street Walled Lake Thursday 10 AM (In State 9:30 AM). Interment White Chapel Cemetery, Troy. Friends may visit Lynch & Sons Funeral Home 340 Pontiac Trail Walled Lake (3 Blks. S. of Maple Rd.) Wednesday 2-9 PM (Vigil Service 7 PM). Memorials to the American Cancer Society appreciated.
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We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you. Although I never met him, I loved hearing the stories from Jude about how well he did at the senior olympics, bowling, and softball. He sure did live life to its fullest!

Orndorff Family

I am so very sorry for your loss. Your dad was always a special guy and a lot of fun! Sunday family dinners, bowling league, card nights with the Lesniks and softball games !!! Oh my goodness, there are so many great memories of a wonderful man. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.


We are very sorry for your loss. We met Dick on the Senior bowling league and him and Margaret were so freindly. We enjoyed being with them and talking to them they were a delight to everyone. Dick was so active we thought of him as a energized bunny he just kept going on and on in anything he wanted to do. We will miss him very much. Our condolence's to the whole family. Bud and Connie Wells

Connie Bud Wells

To Lee, and the entire LaRose, Russell Families, We are so sorry for your lost....He was quite a great man....He will be missed.... Our Love, as always....Bob & Kathy

Bob & Kathy Couet

We will all miss Uncle Dick. He was a great man with amazing spirit. Our prayers are with you in this difficult time. We hope you find peace in your memories as he will live on in your hearts forever.

The Miele Family

I will always remember the fun we all had on our summer visits after the "long" trip to the lake. I am glad we were able to visit once again this past summer with my mom. Always a guy looking at tomorrow, he will be missed. Our thoughts are with you all.

Kathy & Jerry Swilley, John Toomey

So sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you and your family. From The Rodriguez family, Alberto will miss you dearly... God bless you all. We will play ball in heaven together.


Mrs. Russell, Rick, Tim, Jack, Ken, Jan and Alice, Niles was the BEST optician I have ever met. I am very proud to have known him and had the honor of working for him. He was a great teacher and will truly be missed.

Susan Cowling

The Wixom-Walled Lake Lions offers its solemn tribute to our friend and fellow Lion Nile ‘Dick’ Russell and offer praise and thanksgiving for his life and service in Lionism. He adopted and lived according to the Lions Code of Ethics. He is a credit to Lionism and is admired by all who knew him. We as Lions are proud to have served Lionism with him. To his wife Margaret, children, grandchildren, and other loved ones we sincerely give our heartfelt sympathy. Wixom-Walled Lake Lions Club

Dr. Raymond S. Froling, Secretary

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