Russell was born on the Amundson family farm in Gorton Township near Norcross, Minn., on May 26, 1926, to Ole Andrew and Lillian (Bruns) Amundson Jr. He obtained his early education in various country schools around Norcross, attended the West Central Agriculture School in Morris from September 30, 1940 to March of 1941 where he was a resident on campus, and graduated from high school in Herman in 1944. Following graduation, he returned to the farm.
Russell met Ione Lindor at a Whoopee John dance at the Armory in Morris, and she became the love of his life. They were married on June 27, 1953, at the First Lutheran Church in Kensington. To this marriage, eleven children were born.
Although farm life was busy, Russell cherished every minute of it, often stopping in the house to help change a diaper or see to anything else that needed to be done. Russell and Ione loved their family and all the grandchildren that were to follow.
Russell believed in serving community as well as God and served on various boards throughout his life. Russell truly loved the farm and loved helping with the planting and harvest and working side by side with his family.
Russell will long be remembered as a loving family man with a little bit of mischief in those twinkling blue eyes. He was called home on May 1, 2013, at his home surrounded by family and the support of Lakeland Hospice.
Survivors include his children Gary (Diane) Amundson, Jean (Kevin) Chisholm, Mark (Sue) Amundson, Duane (Darla) Amundson, Daryl (Connie) Amundson, Lowell (Julie) Amundson, Mary (Mike) Carmody, Brian Amundson, Janice (Brian) Bolcerek, Joyce (Roger) Schone, and Scott (Alicia) Amundson; 29 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; sister Louise Neatherlin; and nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Ione (2003), and his sister, Frances Marks.
Funeral service: 11:00 am Sat. May 4, Herman United Methodist Church, Herman
Clergy: Rev. Darrell Boe
Visitation: 4-7 pm Friday, Erickson-Smith Funeral Home, Elbow Lake; one hour prior to service at church on Saturday
Cemetery: Lakeside Cemetery, Herman
Arrangements are with the Erickson-Smith Funeral Home in Elbow Lake