Russell Lowell Essex, Jr.


Russell Lowell Essex, Jr., 80, of Lebanon, passed away at home with family by his side on Monday, July 08, 2019. He was born August 30, 1938 in Elizaville, Indiana; a son of the late Russell Lowell Essex, Sr. and Martha Belle (Wakefield) Essex.
Russell attended Lebanon High School. He later moved to California where he graduated from San Dieguito High School. Following school he served in the U.S. Air Force and was honorably discharged. Russell attended Ball State University and received a master's degree in education from Purdue.
Russell was a business and computer science teacher at Warren Central High School for almost twenty years.
On June 8, 2002, he was married to Darene (Schultz) Essex in Gatlinburg, Tennessee; she survives.
He attended Gadsden Church of Christ. Russell enjoyed his kids and grandkids. His hobbies included motorcycles, woodworking and spending time with family and friends.
Survivors include his wife, Darene Essex of Lebanon; three children, Greg Scott Essex of Indianapolis, Kim (Raul) Gamino of Plain City, Ohio; Kelly Essex-Crabtree of Brownsburg; four step children, Shawn Eickelberger of Missouri, Crystal Rich of Kentucky, Joanne DeHaan of Oregon, Valerie (Mark) Cascio of Maryland; nine grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; brother, Max R. (Joyce) Essex of Byrdstown, Tennessee; several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Russell was preceded in death by sister, Lucretia Parker.
Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, July 12, 2019 at Myers Mortuary, 1502 North Lebanon Street, in Lebanon, Indiana.
Visitation is planned from 12:00 p.m. until the time of service on Friday at the funeral home in Lebanon.Interment will follow services at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lebanon.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude's Children's Research, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Online condolences:
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Published on July 10, 2019
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