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Kenneth "Bunk" Miles Russell

May 3, 1928 ~ July 30, 2019 (age 91)
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Kenneth Miles “Bunk” Russell, 91, of Charlevoix, passed away on July 30, 2019 at Hiland Cottage in Petoskey, MI.

Bunk was born to T. Miles and Ruth (Crain) Russell on May 3, 1928, in Charlevoix, MI.  He attended and graduated from Charlevoix Public Schools.

Ken was drafted near the end of WWII, he served in Japan until the war ended.  Because he did not serve a whole year, he was drafted a second time when the Korean War started.  At that time, he was stationed in Germany.  After being sent home, he was in the Army Reserves for six years.

Once home, Ken attended Mechanic School in Chicago.  He was an Auto Mechanic in Charlevoix until his retirement. 

On June 8, 1956 he married Barbara Gennett, and they were together for 50 years. 

Bunk loved to travel by car, snowmobile, and motorcycle.  He even made it to every state in the United States, and through Canada.  Later in life he took his wife to Europe, wanting to show her where he had been during the Korean War. 

He is survived by his three children, Roxanne (Guy) Watkins, Michael Russell and Shirley Russell.  Along with three grand-children who he was known to as “Puppa,” Chris (Kristin) Pair, Andrea (Carl) Coleman, and Scott (Casey) Pair.  Great grandchildren Ryan Pair, Rachel Pair, CJ Coleman, Caitlyn Pair, Annika Pair, and Ashlyn Coleman.  Along with his brother Butch (Betty) Russell and sister Maxine Mckerracher. 

He was preceded in death by his wife Barbara, his parents T. Miles and Ruth, a sister Juanita, and a brother Walter. 

A Graveside Service with Military Honors will take place on Saturday, August 3, 2019, at 11:00 a.m., at Brookside Cemetery, Charlevoix, MI.  Rev. Gayle Gennett will officiate. 

The family would like to thank everyone at Hiland Cottage for their exceptional care of Ken. 

Memorial contributions can be made to Hiland Cottage Hospice House, 1 Hiland Dr., Petoskey, MI 49770. 

Arrangements have been handled by the Winchester Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes. Sign his online guestbook www.mortensenfuneralhomes.com

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