Husband of Joann. Father of Rusty (Sherry) Smith of Merino, CO and Rick (Karen) Smith of Parker, CO, and the late Ronnie Smith. Also survived by his grandchildren, Mic and Tiffany Watson, Jenny and Chad Blair, Cody Smith and Heidi, Tim and Sam Boyer, Cassi Smith, great-grandchildren, Kelsey and Brandon Webb, Kristy Blair, Ty Blair, Seth Watson, Maxx and Zoey Boyer, great-great grandchildren, Hazelynn Blair and Jaxson Webb, and brother, Jim Smith. Russell was preceded in death by his son, Ronald Smith, parents, George C. and Dorthea (Belle Baxter) Smith, and siblings Georgebelle Brazelton, Rob, and Jeff.
Russell was born August 30, 1929 in Haxton, CO to George C. and Dorthea Belle (Smith) Baxter. On February 15, 1953, he married Joann Smith (Johnson) at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Denver, CO. He obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Science majoring in Business/Econ with a minor in History in 1969. He enjoyed competitive shooting, RVing, Campground Host, Square Dancing, reading and loved to walk.
Graveside services with Military Honors will be held at 10AM on Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at Parker Cemetery, Parker Colorado.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Russell's memory to Compassus Hospice and Palliative Care, 2420 W. 26th Ave.,#200D, Denver, CO 80211 or to Charity of your Choice.
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