Russ was born in Brokaw on Sept. 11, 1931 to Roy and Olga Beam. He passed away at Aspirus Wausau Hospital on Feb. 11, 2011. He graduated from Wausau High School and continued his education at NTC and UW-Madison. He served in the U.S. Air Force and Army Reserve. He made his career in Sales. Russ and Barbara Weber were married on July 14, 1961 at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church in Rothschild.
He was a member of the American Legion and the Black Bears. Russ was an avid sports fan and crossword puzzle extraordinaire, but his passion was playing golf.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara of Wausau, four children, Sandy (Greg Hoenisch) of Wausau, Laurie (Steven Guerra) of San Antonio, TX, Deborah (Dana Andrews) of North Palm Beach, FL, and Tom (Becky Kyle) of Delaware, OH; five grandchildren; three great grandchildren; brother, Don (Mary Ann) of Merrill; sister, Joyce Johnson of Menomonee Falls ; sister-in-law, Jan of McFarland, WI; other relatives and loads of friends.
Memorial visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011 at Brainard Funeral Home, 522 Adams St. Wausau.
On-line condolences may be given at www.brainardfuneral.com