Terry was born in a Burlington hospital on February 19, 1925, the son of Carl & Etta (Warfield) Russell. He was raised in Birdsview and attended grade school in Hamilton, later moving to Oso and then Port Angeles where he graduated from high school.
He proudly served his country at an early age during WWII in Patton’s Third Army, but rarely talked about his service. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge and throughout Europe and it surely shaped the man he became. After his discharge, he attended college at WSU, studied forestry, and started working for the National Park Service.
On December 29, 1950, he was united in marriage to his beloved wife of 64 years, Vivian Davidson, and they made their initial home in Kettle Falls where Terry worked for the Park Service. In 1956, he moved back to Skagit County and joined SR&M Portable Mill Company, traveling to various sites cutting timber. In 1967, he and Don Collins opened C&R Sporting Goods in downtown Sedro-Woolley which he operated until his retirement in 1987.
Terry was a man’s man who was loved by everyone who knew him. He was a caring, generous, and loyal husband, father, grandfather, and friend who was at his best when his extended family was gathered at the family’s home on Bottomless Lake. He also loved the outdoors and was an avid fisherman and hunter throughout his life. In retirement, he enjoyed traveling and spending time with friends and family. He was a longtime member of the Sedro-Woolley Rotary Club, the Wildcat Steelhead Club, and the Elks Lodge.
He is survived by his wife, Vivian; his children and their spouses, Renee & Mike Swanson of Lyman, Cheri Russell of Edmonds, David & Janelle Russell of Seattle, Stacey Olsen of Sedro-Woolley, and Wade & Kara Russell of Bremerton; ten grandchildren, Erich, Matt (Lindsay), Kyle (Jenny) & Katie Swanson, Ava Russell, Stephen and Sean Olsen, and Phoebe, Lauren & William Russell and three great-grandchildren, Gia, Zola & Max Swanson. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Faye Wright, and two nephews.
A Life Celebration Service will be held on Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at 1:00pm at the Central United Methodist Church in Sedro-Woolley. Private interment will be at the Hamilton Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Open Door Community Kitchen, 1013 Polte Road, Sedro-Woolley. Arrangements are under the direction of Lemley Chapel, Sedro-Woolley.