Lester Hebron Russell

Lester Hebron Russell

Waterbury, Washington County, Vermont, USA
Death 16 Oct 2009 (aged 86)
Peterborough, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, USA
Burial Antrim, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, USA
Memorial ID 95387084 · View Source
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ANTRIM -- Lester H. "Russ" Russell, 86, died Oct. 16, 2009, at Monadnock Community Hospital surrounded by his family.

He was born in Waterbury Center, Vt., to May (Tracy) and Lester Russell Sr. He was a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran of World War II. He was a prisoner of war.

After the war he trained in animation for the U.S. Air Force at Paramount Studio in New York City. He was also a news photographer and was an illustrator at the Pentagon for the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He retired after 22 years.

As a civilian he was chief animation artist for the Department of the Navy in Washington, D.C. He retired in 1981.

In order to devote more time to his painting, he moved from Virginia to New Hampshire in 1981 with friend, painter and wife Giffin Russell. He participated with Giffin in a number of shows.

He taught oil painting and pastels at the Sharon Arts Center and gave private lessons in his studio.

He and his wife were two of the artists who, in 1994, painted the murals on top of the Town Hall in Antrim.

His artwork is on display in the U.S. Air Force Museum in Dayton, Ohio.

Family members, in addition to his wife of 33 years, include five children, Nina Melodi Russell of Florida, Leslie Bassich of Maryland, Robert Russell of Barcelona, Spain, daughter Lisa Covel of Maryland, and Pamela Campbell; 14 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

SERVICES: There are no visiting hours The funeral service will be Saturday at 1 p.m.at First Presbyterian Church of Antrim. Melissa Lawless, Elder of First Presbyterian Church of Antrim, will officiate. A reception will follow in the Fellowship hall.

Memorial donations may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Antrim Music Fund; P.O. Box 517, Antrim 03440.

Jellison Funeral Home, Peterborough, is assisting the family with arrangements
Published in the Union Leader on 10/20/2009

Served in the 8th Air Force
His B-17 was hit over target but able to land with all men. He was one of the men who escaped being shot in the back by the locals and spent time in prison camp to be released at the end of the war.

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