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Stephen R. Russell - 63

1/2/1952 - 3/27/2015

Iowa City, Iowa

Stephen R. “Steve” Russell, age 63, of Iowa City, formerly of Clinton, passed away Friday, March 27, 2015 at the University of Iowa Hospitals. Cremation rites will be accorded. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, April 4, 2015 at the Pape Funeral Home, Clinton. A gathering of family and friends will be held from 3:00 to 7:00 P.M. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Clinton Lawn Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Clinton Humane Society, First Congregational Church or the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Steve was born in Rockwell City, Iowa on January 2, 1952, the son of John R. and Gail (Mosely) Russell. They moved to Clinton in 1956. Steve attended Clinton Schools and was confirmed at First Congregational Church. As an adult he lived in Clinton and Zap, ND before moving to Iowa City. Steve loved all sports and was an avid Iowa Hawkeye fan. He enjoyed fishing with his children and grandchildren and working outdoors.

Steve is survived by his children; William (Melissa) Russell of West Branch, Jay Russell of Iowa City, Jennifer Russell of Denver, CO and Emily Darling; nine granddaughters; his mother, Gail Russell of Clinton; two brothers, Scott and Stuart (Barbara) Russell both of Clinton; one niece and one nephew. He was preceded in death by his father. Online condolences may be left at

Gathering of Friends

3:00 to 7:00 P.M. Friday, April 3, 2015 at the Pape Funeral Home.

Memorial Service:

11:00 A.M. Saturday, April 4, 2015 at the Pape Funeral Home.


  • JD Noble

    on 04/01/15

    Steve will be greatly missed, he was a good friend and a great guy.
  • Bob Quint

    on 04/02/15

    Stuart, sorry to hear about Steve's passing, he was a good friend and will be missed.
  • Allen Bailey

    on 04/02/15

    Rest In Piece to one of my oldest friends.
  • Tony Rios Jr.

    on 04/02/15

    R.I.P. my friend
  • Stan Petersen

    on 04/02/15

    Steve has a heart of gold and for 45 years I was very proud to call him my good friend...
  • Christine Savory Severson

    on 04/03/15

    My thoughts and prayers go out to Steve's family and friends. His big heart and quick grin made him a dear friend growing up in Clinton. We lost touch but happily reconnected at our 20th CHS reunion. We talked long into the night about life, love and why bad things happen to good people. The 25 years since that night seem to have passed in the blink of an eye. I hope Steve found the peace he was searching for in this life. May his soul be at peace. I am so sorry.
  • Maggie Hogan

    on 04/21/15

    My condolences to Stuart and the rest of Steve's family. I always enjoyed running into Steve in Iowa City, where we both landed after memorable childhoods in the north end of Clinton. I'm sorry those meetings will not happen again.

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