Russell Donald Thurow, 83, was ushered into heaven while surrounded by family on Tuesday after an accident at his Peshtigo home last week. Russell is the son of Harold and Carroll (Smith) Thurow.
Russell was born in Marinette and raised on the family farm in the town of Grover. He attended the Payne School through 8th grade and then worked on the family farm before joining the United States Army where he served in Germany for two years. Upon returning to Peshtigo, Russell was employed at the Thompson Boat Factory. He married Lettie Mae Yetter in 1954, at Trinity Evangelical United Brethren Church (now Grover Community). He was later employed by Badger Paper Mills, retiring from Badger in 1992 after 35 years. Russell enjoyed traveling, camping with family, gardening, biking, cross-country skiing, walking, reading biographies and his favorite book, the Bible. Throughout much of his adult life Russell was an active member of Grover Community Church serving in many capacities including teaching Sunday school, directing the bus ministry, leading Wednesday night bible study, as well as serving as a deacon, custodian and head usher. Russell was a past board member of Lake Lundgren Bible Camp located in Pembine, Wis. He blessed the staff and campers as a counselor, and as part of the dishwashing crew or wherever he could lend a hand for close to 30 years. More recently, he worked with the Marinette-Menominee Jail Outreach and volunteered at Bay Area Medical Center to assist with transporting patients within the hospital along with many hours visiting with patients at the hospital and area nursing homes. Free time was spent playing with his four great-grandchildren.
Russell is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Lettie Mae (Yetter) of Peshtigo; a son, Michael (Marcia) Thurow of Peshtigo; a daughter, Karen (Tom) Greil of Freedom; three grandchildren: Christopher (Kim) Thurow of Marinette, Mandi (Andy) Davis of Peshtigo and Nick Thurow of Rochester, Minn.; four great-grandchildren: Ayden and Adam Thurow and Caleb and Anna Davis. Also survived by a sister, Cicel (Leo) Seefeldt of Coleman and a sister-in-law, Audrey Yetter of Eagle River, Wis. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother-in-law, Wilber Yetter.
Visitation will be held on Friday, May 3, at Berth & Rosenthal Funeral Home from 4 to 7 p.m. Visitation continues on Saturday at Grover Community Church from 9:30 until time of services at 11 am.