Melvin D. Russell


Oxford – Melvin D. Russell, 92, of Oxford, died peacefully at his home on Saturday, July 7, with his loving family by his side.

He was born in Liberty Center, Ohio, on Aug. 28, 1914, and was the son of Wilbur and Chloe Russell. He was a member of the Oxford Seventh Day Adventist Church. He graduated from Mt. Vernon Academy in Mt. Vernon, Ohio, in 1932. He then went on to Washington Missionary College in Takoma Park, Md., now known as Columbia Union College. He served his country as a merchant marine, and served in such locations as Gant, Belgium, North Africa, and four months in Russia between 1944 to 1945. He was in Gant, Belgium, on the night of victory in Europe during World War II. He was a member of the American Legion. He was also a member of Masonic Justice Lodge 46, in Takoma Park, D.C. He worked for the Washington Adventist Hospital and then worked at New England Memorial in Massachusetts. He was a baker by trade, and in later years was a certified nursing assistant at Ledgeview Nursing Home in West Paris for 15 years.

He will be remembered as a good friend and neighbor to all.

He leaves behind his wife of 72 years, Margaret Russell of Oxford; a sister, Lucille Jones of Ohio; a daughter, Sharon Russell of Oxford; two sons, Stanley Russell and his wife, Thelma, of Takoma Park, Md., and Chester Russell of Silver Springs, Md.; 11 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by one grandchild, Chester Bryan Russell; and a brother Warren Russell.