James Russell

Smethport – James D. Russell, 49, of Smethport, died Sunday (November 10, 2013), from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
He was born April 3, 1964 in Lompoc, CA, a son of Herbert A. “Mike” and Phyllis Jean McDowell Russell. On August13, 1992, in Harrisburg, PA, he married Kathryn “Carrie” M. Button, who survives.
Mr. Russell was a 1982 graduate of Smethport Area High School and attended Lock Haven University where he received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in special education.
He was a special education teacher, employed by Seneca Highlands Intermediate Unit #9 at the Seneca Highlands Career & Technical Center in Port Allegany, PA.
He was a member of the American Legion; Bucktail Post #138 and the VFW Post #2497, both of Smethport. He was an avid fisherman and loved turkey hunting.
In addition to his wife, Kathryn “Carrie” Russell, he is survived by:
one daughter: Evelyn L. Russell of Smethport
two sons: Owen M. Russell and Ayden G. Russell, both of Smethport
father: Herbert A. “Mike” Russell, Sr. of Johnstown, CO
two brothers: Herbert A. “Mike” Russell, Jr. of Smethport and Mark A. Russell of Punxsutawney, PA
He was preceded in death by his mother, Phyllis J. Russell on June 15, 2011.
A memorial gathering will be held on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, from 11 A.M. to 4 P.M., at the Port Allegany Fire Hall.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to the American Legion; Bucktail Post #138 or the VFW Post #2497, both of Smethport, PA. Online condolences may be made at www.hartle-tarboxfuneralhomes.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Smethport.

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