Keith Wayne Russell
January 11, 1940 – June 18, 2017
It is with profound sadness that we announce the untimely passing of our beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather and Great Grandfather.
Predeceased by Parents Bill and Molly Russell, Brother Karl Chun, First love and wife Cindy Russell (1987).
Survived by his ever loving, caring wife and love of his life, Dorinne, Son Steven (Donna) Russell, Daughter Kim (Mark) Steinhauser, Stepson Sterling Dickie (Willow & son Anthony), Grandkids Justin and Tyler (Lindsey) Russell, Courtney (& daughter Natalie), Chase and Wyatt Steinhauser, Great Grandkids Landon and Carter Russell.
Keith grew up in West Vancouver, though spent time working summers and a year of school in Westlock, Alta on the old Family farm. He proudly served as a Royal Canadian Engineer. He started his own family in North Vancouver and soon moved them to Prince George BC in 1966 to open his successful Denturist Practice. He enjoyed his time in the North coaching, mentoring, fishing, hunting, skiing and boating.
Keith and Dorinne moved to Vernon in 1993 where he opened another successful Denturist office and they enjoyed life together motor homing throughout Canada and the U.S. as well as being chronically addicted to Golf. He shared all of his lifetime passions with Family and Friends. Keith’s solid work ethic prevented idle hands and sometime after retirement he joined the Commissionaire’s. No more loyal a friend you’d find and a more honourable, gentle and kind man, would be hard to find. He was a quiet man. You could both sit in the same room for an hour not saying a word, then both get up and say you had a nice visit, yet his quiet dry wit would crack you up and nothing will ever be the same without him.
It was an unexpected short bout with a very aggressive cancer, but he faced the inevitable fearlessly with great strength and courage, smiling with a sense of humor until the end. Keith leaves behind a legacy of wisdom, integrity, fortitude and honour. He will never be forgotten and lives on in the hearts of those that knew him and loved him. Speak of him often and say his name aloud.
Special thanks to friend, Dr. Peter Henley, all those that made Dad’s life a joy, as well the caring and compassionate staff at Vernon Jubilee Hospital. No service by request, as he simply wouldn’t want to put anyone out. He was funny that way. It’s very fitting that Dad passed on Father’s Day, because he was one of the very best! Keith’s epitaph will read, “On the road again …”