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Michael Wesley Russell, 59, of Rivesville, passed away Saturday(May 28, 2016) at Monongalia General Hospital in Morgantown.
He was born in Kentucky on Sept. 12, 1956, a son of the late Thomas Russell and Barbara (Kirby) May.
He is survived by Jack May, his father who raised him, of Fairmont.
Mike retired from the Eastern Association Coal Company, Federal No. 2 Mine in Fairview following 30 years of service. He was a member of the United Mine Workers of America. In addition, he and his wife were owners and operators of the Ridge Tavern and Grill in Rivesville.
His many interest included camping, canoeing, watching NASCAR and farming. He most loved spending time with his family.
Mike is survived by his loving wife, Christina "Tina" (Funk) Russell; two daughters, Dawn Brookover and her husband Ronnie of Core and Devon Shelton and her husband Fred of Fairmont; three sons, Dalton Russell of Rivesville, Craig Bartholow and his wife Ashley of Fairmont and Casey Bartholow and his wife Amber of Fairmont; six grandchildren, Trenton Brookover, Austin Brookover, Preston Brookover, Grayson Bartholow, Kembry Shelton and Bryer Bartholow.
Also surviving is his sister-in-law, Lynn Russell of Fairmont; a brother-in-law, Tim Funk and his wife Tina of Morgantown; his mother-in-law, Katie Keefover of Bellview and several caring nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, James Russell; his sister, Deborah Barnes and a brother-in-law, Tom Funk.
Friends and family may call from 1-8 p.m. today and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Carpenter & Ford Funeral Home, 209 Merchant Street, Fairmont. The funeral service will be at 1 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home with Pastor Scott Krepps officiating. Interment services will follow at Grandview Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, Michael's family request memorial contributions be made in his memory to the American Cancer Society, 122 S. High Street, Morgantown, WV 26501, Marion Unit.
Online condolences can be left at carpenterandford.com.
Published on May 30, 2016
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