William "Russell" Jesseph, 86, passed away on Sept. 22, 2018
William “Russell” Jesseph, 86, of Ottawa, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018, in Shawnee Mission.
Celebration of Life will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, at Carlson Colonial Funeral Home, El Dorado.
Russell was born on April 12, 1932, in Los Angeles, Calf., the son of Lester Paul and Gladys Beatrice (Reneau) Jesseph. He was the third of six children and they were raised as hardworking farm kids. He graduated from Peru High School in 1950. He served in the United States Army during the Korean War. He married Delores Ann Goddard on Sept 12, 1953, in Independence, Kan. She preceded him in death in 2012. They were blessed with three children, Cynthia Ann, David Russell and Lori Lea. Russell worked as a cowboy, a milkman, a city bus driver, a cross country bus driver and the El Dorado Livestock Auction. His last employment prior to retirement was for the El Dorado School District as the head custodian at the El Dorado Middle School. He was a father figure for many through the years. Russell coached many years and many different age groups in baseball and softball. He loved sports of any kind and was rooting his beloved Dallas Cowboys to a nurse who was an avid Green Bay Packers fan on his last day on this earth - go Cowboys! He had made his home at Village West Assisted Living in Ottawa, Kansas, to be close to Lori and Gary.
Russell was preceded in death by: his parents; a brother, Clarence; his beloved wife, Delores; his daughter, Cyndy; and son, David.
He is survived by: daughter, Lori Colbern (Gary); 10 grandchildren, Ray "Boomer" Debita (Rebecca), Marisa Nye (Bryan), Dominic Debita (Kilee), Kris Jesseph (Annie), Paul Jesseph, Amy Evans (Tim), Ande Nash (Justin), Shannon Colbern (Melissa), Shane Colbern (Chris), Jason Long (Erika); 17 greatgrandchildren and 1 great-great grandson; 3 sisters, Grace, Betty, Irene (Melvin), 1 brother Donald (Rose), a sister-in-law, Shirley (John) many nieces and nephews and families.
Memorial donations can be made for the El Dorado Senior Center or the Midwest Organ Donation System. Please sign his online guestbook and leave a memory of Russell at www.carlsoncolonial.com.