Michael Lee Russell

Michael Lee Russell

Michael Lee Russell, 69, of Lawson, passed away on Aug. 14, 2023, at St. Luke's Hospital on the Plaza from a stroke. He was born in Maryville on May 11, 1954, to John and Ruth Russell of Skidmore.

Mike lived in Skidmore until moving to Hamilton in grade school. He grew up farming with his dad, putting up hay and raising cattle, which is where his love of farming started. After high school he went to the University of Missouri, where he then transferred to UMKC and graduated with a Doctor of Pharmacy in 1978.

He met the love of his life, Mary Michael, in grade school but didn’t know love until high school when they became high school sweethearts. Mike and Mary always shared AML…AML (All My Love, All My Life). Mike and Mary were married on May 21, 1976.

He began working at Jack Monroe Pharmacy in Braymer. Mike and Mary took ownership in 1990.  Mike began working at the Excelsior location of Monroe’s in 1981. Mike loved his work as a pharmacist and enjoyed all his patients as they experienced many life emotions together. His employees weren’t employees, they were family! He was a pharmacist for 43 years, retiring in September 2021.

Mike loved hunting, shooting, skiing, and many other activities he could do with his friends and family. His love for the farm started in 1968 with buying his first two cows. His love for farming, shooting, and other activities has been passed down to his children and grandchildren.

Mike served as a past fireboard member and served on the Public Water Supply district board of directors. As part of his final wishes, he gave the gift of life by donating various organs.

He is survived by his high school sweetheart, Mary, of the home; daughter, Abbey (Richard) Hussey; son, Tony (Danielle) Russell; grandchildren, Jadon Hussey, Addy Hussey, Jayme Russell, and Maryanne Russell; sister, Terri (Mike) Lee; nephews, Kogan (Lauren) Lee, Kolby (Angie) Lee, as well as many cousins, close friends, and other extended family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Ruth Russell.

Visitation will be held Sun., Aug. 20, 2023, from 4-7 p.m. at Lawson Baptist Church. Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Monday, August 21, 2023, with burial following at Lawson Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Midwest Transplant, in memory of Mike Russell, 1900 W 47th Place Suite 400, Westwood, KS 66205.

Arrangements through Bross and Spidle Funeral Home, Lawson, Missouri (816) 296-0097



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