When he was two years old, the family moved to Oregon where he was raised and attended school in the Tiller area. He married Evelyn Johnson Sept. 25, 1938, at the Nazarene Church on Holly St. In Medford. They were blessed with four children, Nona, Billy, Vale and Johnny, from this union. Later in life he married again and was step-father to Vecie and Robbie Hall.
Russell held many jobs in his lifetime. He was a tree faller, a carpenter and jack-of-all-trades. One of his accomplishments was building churches. He helped build Nazarene churches in Medford, Eagle Point, Ridgefield and Pendleton. He often said, “building churches doesn’t pay well, but I’ll get paid in Heaven .”
Russell was very involved in the Nazarene church wherever he lived. He taught Sunday school and drove the Sunday school bus for the Eagle Point Nazarene Church. He also drove the bus for Children’s Ministries.
After he retired, Russell built bird houses for many of his friends and neighbors. He also bought himself a pick-up and tent trailer so he could go camping. In 2006, he traveled to Medicine Hat to visit the land of his birth. He traveled throughout eastern Oregon and Idaho and loved to visit historical places he had reach about.
Russell is survived by his daughter, Nona Hanscom (Don), sons Vale Womelsdorf (LaVonne), Johnny Womelsdorf; daughter-in-law Melanie Kristof, step-daughter, Vecia Grant (Barry); sister, Anna Lea Landreth (Clifford); over 20 grandchildren; more than 30 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren . He was preceded in death by his parents; sons, Billy Womelsdorf and Robbie Hall; brother, Oakland Womelsdorf; sisters, Francis Ring and Rosa Lea Culbertson.
Russell was beloved and will be missed by family and friends. We will miss him dearly until we are united again. His family would like to thank Hospice for their wonderful care in his final days.
Memorial services celebrating his life will be held Saturday, Mar. 20, 2010, at 11 a.m. at the Eagle Point Church of the Nazarene, 400 Stevens Road. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Russell’s name to Hospice or to the Eagle Point Church of the Nazarene.