Richard Russell Jr., of Dowagiac

Published 3:29 pm Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Oct. 28, 1943 — Jan. 1, 2021

Richard Russell Jr., 77, of Dowagiac, passed away on Friday, Jan. 1, 2021, at Timbers of Cass County. Richard was born on Oct. 28, 1943, to Richard Sr., & Frances (Carr) Russell in Hollandale, Mississippi.

He finished his seventh-grade education before he traveled across the U.S. and moved to Michigan where he started his years of hard work, later in life earning his GED. For more than 25 years, Richard worked for Sundstrand as a foreman, before he retired. He then worked for more than six years at Ascension Borgess-Lee Memorial Hospital as a custodian. On Nov. 23, 1973, Richard married the love of his life, Grace Greer, in South Bend. They were married for 20 years up until she passed on Dec. 25, 1993.

Richard was a member of Community Baptist Church in Cassopolis. Richard was loved and admired by many. He was known as Richard at birth but PeeWee by his family and Blue (which was his CB handler) by his friends. He was a comedian at heart, and one who nicknamed everyone. Richard enjoyed playing the Blues on his guitar and harmonica, loved talking on his CB radio and riding his John Deere lawn mower. Richard will be remembered for his hard work ethic and always taking care of his family.

Richard is survived by his children, Jason Long, of Berrien Springs, and Rana Russell, of Mishawaka; grandchildren, Jasmine Long, Dekiah Nichols, Kaya Long, Alexandria Long and Jason John Long; and sisters, Katherine Richardson, of Jackson, Mississippi, Bobbie Jean Russell, of Dowagiac, and Ruth (Arthur) Jackson, of Dowagiac; and a host of nieces and nephews. Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Richard Sr. and Frances Russell; and siblings, Ruthie Turner, Robert Earl Russell, Dora Lee Henderson, Theo Broomfield and Frances Washington- Archer.

A celebration of home going will be hosted at 1 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 8, 2021, at Clark Chapel & Cremation Services, 405 Center St., Dowagiac, with Pastor Coy Brown officiating. Burial will follow at Mission Hills Memorial Gardens. Friends may visit with the family on Friday, from noon until time of the service, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Richard’s family in c/o Rana Russell. Those wishing to leave an online condolence may do so at