Russell Everett Essex was born to Rose Ann (Kacberle) and Robert Lee Essex on May 5th, 1938 in El Dorado, Kansas. He passed away at Susan B. Allen Memorial hospital on January 15th, 2013 at the age of 74. Russell was a life-long time resident of El Dorado, Kansas and had worked for Flinthills Services, Inc. for the last 18 years. Memorial service will be Thursday, Jan. 24, 10:00 A.M. at Carlson Funeral Home. Cremation will precede the service.
It was very important to Russell that he attend his day program where he would “work” on balloon valves. He saw no need for retirement, or to even take holidays off. Anyone who knew Russell would have most likely heard the phrase “I have no capabilities for education”, even though he was an extremely intelligent man, and could tell you a wide range of facts, including what kind of vehicle he was in, even though he was born blind, and had limited hearing. He would spend hours every day listening to talking books, and enjoyed being read to by his staff. He loved going out to eat, and enjoyed a wide variety of different foods, often making odd requests such as liver and onions, and pickled pigs feet. Although he was not always a compliant gentleman, he could be easily persuaded to do just about anything with promises of chocolate ice cream, or a hamburger from one of his favorite joints.
Russell was also a huge fan of the circus. He didn’t care for movies, or “rockabilly” concerts, but he very much enjoyed all the smells and sounds associated with the circus. He also loved to hear the sound and feel the vibrations of a passing train, although he didn’t much care for riding on one. Survivors include, his longtime girlfriend, Vickie, and all of his friends at Flinthills. He is preceded in death by his mother, Rose, and his brother, Bill. He will be laid to rest at Sunset Lawns in El Dorado, KS.
Any memorials may be made to “Kansas Talking Books” located at State Library of Kansas, attention: Kansas Talking Books, 1200 Commercial Box 4055, Emporia, Kansas 66801.