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Robert E. Russ, 91

Feb 12, 2021

Walworth, Wisconsin/ Blue Earth – Robert Eugene Russ was the oldest of five children born to Dr. Homer and M. Yvonne (Rohlfs) Russ. Robert was born Feb. 11, 1930 in Swea City, Iowa where his father was the town doctor. In 1931 the family moved to Blue Earth to take over his uncle Dr. John F. Russ medical practice, who had passed suddenly.

Robert (Bob) Russ was born very premature and was a victim of cerebral -palsy. He would never walk and he had very little control over his hands. His speech was pretty good, his left foot worked well enough that he could sit in his wheel chair and look over his shoulder and move around town. He had an electric typewriter which he wrote many poems and articles on but unlike most of us he had to use his nose on the keys. He had a Ham radio license which kept him busy during the winter months. They developed a snapper cloth pin that he could put in his mouth and he could bite off code.

Bob spent many summer days just enjoying the day and sitting across the street from the court house. Kids would come up to him and ask him why doesn’t he get out of the chair. So, he would come up with a story. One day Mrs. Russ answered the door bell ring but she could see no one, a small voice said “can Bob come out to play?”

Bob met Elizabeth “Betsy” Schulze who also lived at the home. They were married on Sept. 1, 1974.

When Bob was 40 his mom could no longer lift him and put him to bed or give him a bath. So, the family started to look for a new place to live. They found it in the Christian League Home in Walworth, Wisconsin where he lived for the next forty years until his death Jan. 31, 2021.

Bob battled COVID for a month and decided he wanted to see the face of God. A memorial service was held on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021, at the Lighthouse Full Gospel Church at 1:30 p.m. in Walworth, Wisconsin. Internment will be at a later date.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. and Mrs. Russ, and his younger brother, Dr. Homer Russ, of Florida.

He is survived by his wife, Betsy Russ; his sister, Hollyce Russ Swan, of Spokane, Washington, sister, Lynette Russ, of Mankato, and brother, A.B. Russ, of Blue Earth.