NEW BERLIN |
Andrew ‘Drew’ Warner Russell
Feb. 24, 1952 — Oct. 30, 2017
Andrew “Drew” Warner Russell of New Berlin died on Monday, October 30, 2017 at Froedtert Hospital at the age of 65. He was born in Philadelphia, Pa., on February 24, 1952 the son of Everett and Alma (nee String) Russell. His mother died when he was only 12 years old, and his father then married Clara (nee Dettmer) who raised him and who Drew called “mom.” On Jan. 17, 1983, he married Vicky Clark in Lisbon Falls, Maine. Drew proudly served his country in the United States Navy as an anti-submarines warfare specialist chief petty officer (AWC). He retired from the Navy after 20 years on October 30, 1990. Drew was a ELCA pastor and worked for many years as a chaplain for the VA. He loved his country and his veterans and will always be remembered as a devoted husband, loving father and beloved grandfather.
He will be sadly missed by his beloved wife of 35 years, Vicky of New Berlin, and their children, Jeffery (Tabitha) Russell of York, Pa., and Erin (Adam) Buck of Chambersburg, Pa. He was the proud “grampy” of Savannah, Mileigh, Xavier, Elijah and Landon. He is further survived by his sisters and brothers, Deborah (Savoy) Nelson of South Carolina, Marlena (Gary) Yourstone-Holm of New Jersey, Walter (Dee) Yourstone of Georgia and Warren (Betty) Yourstone of Maryland along with many nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his infant son, Andrew Warner Russell II.
Visitation will be held on Monday, November 6, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the 11:30 a.m. memorial service at St. Mark’s Ev. Lutheran Church, 424 Hyde Park Ave., Waukesha, WI 53188. Pastor Andy Fetters will preside. Full military honors will follow the service. Burial will be in New Jersey. Memorials in Drew’s name are appreciated to St. Mark’s Ev. Lutheran Church or to Disabled American Vets (DAV), 1253 Scheuring Road, Suite A De Pere, WI 54115-1070.
Randle-Dable-Brisk Funeral Home, Crematory and Preplanning Service is honored to serve the family. For further information, please call the funeral home at 262-547-4035 or visit us online at www.randledable.com for directions or to leave the family an online tribute message.