Russell E. Fuhlendorf, 70, a resident of the Kootenai Valley for the past sixty-six years, died Wednesday (May 20) at his home. He had been a longtime employee of the St. Regis Paper Company and Champion International in Libby until his retirement.
Russell was born November 3, 1949 at Palo Alto. California to Gus and Leonora Fuhlendorf and came to Libby with his family in 1954, attending Libby Public Schools and graduating from Libby High School in 1968. He attended Western Technical College in Denver in 1970, returning to Libby after graduation. He had been a longtime member of the Lumber & Sawmill Workers Local 2581.
He married Carol Thede March 16, 1973. His greatest enjoyment was his family as a loving husband, father and grandfather and spending time with them. Russell enjoyed the outdoors and had been an avid fisherman and camper as well as cross-country skiing and ice-skating. He also had been an avid reader during much of his life.
Surviving him are his wife Carol; his children, Jerad Fuhlendorf (Rhonda); Flavia Fuhlendorf (Mike) and Gavin Fuhlendorf (Carma); his grandchildren, Brook, Chelsea, Devan, Adam, Dakota, Jason, McKenna and Grayson; a great-granddaughter, Mariela; and sisters Sheryl Vinson and Laura Street.
Services will be held at a later date. You are invited to share condolences and memories online by visiting www.schnackenbergfh.com.
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