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Lewis, Russell W.

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February 11, 1947 - August 12, 2019

Lewis, Russell W.

We are mourning the loss of our beloved Russell, who passed away August 12, 2019 with his family and beloved beagles by his side after a ten year battle with prostate cancer.

Russell was born in Mill Creek, OK and attended high school in Mangum, OK.  He proudly although reluctantly served in the Navy during the height of the Viet Nam conflict and upon his return Russell played football for the Navy. After an honorable discharge, he attended OU and graduated with a degree in Economics.

He enjoyed a lengthy and successful career in medical sales, taking part in the advent of several technological breakthroughs: intra-ocular lens implants which changed people’s lives through cataract surgery, and endoscopic/laparoscopic instruments that utilized fiber optics to revolutionize surgical procedure.

If you spent time with Russell, you were entertained by his dry wit and sense of humor.  This served him well through many debilitating treatments and setbacks.  In his final weeks we enjoyed many visits from friends old and new, reminiscing and catching up, laughing and crying then laughing some more. He was well loved by so many.

Russell is survived by his loving and heartbroken family, Kathy – wife of 32 years, and daughter Elizabeth Kate (Katie), sister Paula and brother-in-law Fred Rosenbaum, grand niece and nephew Laura and Gabriel, Aunt Johnnie Dowell, cousins Jim, Rhonda and Kent and their families.

A  memorial celebration will take place on Saturday, August 31 from 11-1 at the home of Cynthia Camp, 10907 Pinocchio Dr, Dallas, TX 75229. 

At a later date the family will scatter ashes in New Orleans and San Francisco. We will honor him with a military service at Santa Fe National Cemetery, his final resting place.

Memorials may be made to DFW Beagle Buddies, at   Russell enjoyed many years of joyful companionship with our rescues Simone (Monie Mo) and Nellie Belle.

A Signature Service under the direction of:

Aria Cremation Service & Funeral Home
10116 E. Northwest Highway
Dallas, Texas 75238

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Lind Miller

August 26, 2019 8:40PM

So very sorry Kathy and Katie-I know you have had some special times as a family. Prayers for peace for you and Katie.

Rowland C Rodgers

August 23, 2019 1:57PM

My condolences to Kathy, Katie and the rest of his family. We had so many good times together (fun times). I am certainly a better person by knowing Russell. I will miss him. Rest in peace Russell, rest in peace.

Ann Sappington

August 21, 2019 12:47PM

I remember and treasure the wonderful times I shared with Russell.
My deepest sympathy for your immense loss to Kathy, Katie and family and your precious rescue Beagles.
He will be missed by all who were fortunate enough to have known him.

Shirley Norman

August 21, 2019 7:39AM

My God grant Russell ‘s family strength during this very difficult time! You have our deepest sympathies!

Sylvia Silk-Miller

August 19, 2019 10:12PM

Lots of memories from high school days with Russell. Being at Mom and Pops, the Tastee Freeze, just hanging out. So sorry for your loss. May you have many good memories for comfort.


August 19, 2019 9:42AM

I am so sorry for your loss...Russell was a great classmate. He is going to be missed. My prayers are with you for strength and may the Lord keep you all in His arms.

Karen Johnson Kaiser

August 18, 2019 5:52PM

Sad to hear the news but smile at the memories at MHS as a friend.

Bill and Barbara McDaniel

August 18, 2019 11:57AM

Prayers for those who knew and loved Rusty. Bill played Highschool football with him. He will be missed.

Ginger & Curt Smith

August 18, 2019 10:15AM

I am Ginger Cypert Smith, an MHS classmate of Russell. My husband and I would like to extend our sympathy to all of Russell's family and his Beagle's in this difficult time. Russell will be fondly remembered by all of us who graduated from Mangum High School with him.