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Alan Russett


Alan LeRoy Russett, 83, passed away Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016, at Mercy Living Plus in Oelwein.
Alan was born Dec. 14, 1932, in Frankville, Iowa, the son of Daniel and Dorothy (Kneeskern) Russett. After graduating from high school, he attended Winona State Teachers College for two years and then he enrolled at the University of Iowa School of Pharmacy. During this time he decided he was not getting what he wanted out of pharmacy school, so he joined the Army and became a medical corpsman. During his time in the Army he met his future wife, Elsie Guseman. She was also in the Army. They were married May 22, 1957, in Morgantown, W.Va. Upon completion of his military service, Alan returned to pharmacy school and graduated in 1959. Alan worked as a pharmacist for 54 years in numerous locations, including Oelwein, Creston, Iowa Falls and Anamosa, where they raised their two sons, and finally at various Covenant Clinic pharmacies around northeast Iowa before retiring. He was also an active member of the Fairbank American Legion Fortsch-Duffy Post 552 and the United Methodist Church, also of Fairbank.
Survivors include his wife; one son, Dan (Maureen) of Naperville, Ill.; one daughter-in-law, Linda Fries of Dubuque; four grandchildren, Emily, Erica, Maria and Timothy; one brother, Randy (Helen) Russett; four sisters, Dolores Stephan, Mary Breitsprecher, Beverly (Curt) Ruston and Kathleen (Allen) Gerber; one sister-in-law, Sue Russett; and two brothers-in-law, John Schultz and John Moore.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, James Russett; three brothers, Donald, Keith and Merlin Russett; one sister, Jan Schultz; and two brothers-in-law, Gerald Stephan and Gary Breitsprecher.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 2, at United Methodist Church in Fairbank. Visitation: 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, at Woods Funeral Home in Fairbank and one hour before services Friday at the church. Military rites: Fairbank American Legion Fortsch-Duffy Post 552. Inurnment will be at a veterans cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to the United Methodist Church, Fairbank.
Condolences can be left at www.woodsfuneralhome.net.