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Russell Edwin Waters

February 8, 1928 ~ August 20, 2017 (age 89)

     Russell Edwin Waters age 89, of Ovid, MI, passed away Sunday, August 20, 2017, at We Care Assisted Living Facility, Owosso, MI. 

     Funeral Services will be held at Smith Family Funeral Homes, Elsie, MI, on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 11:00 A.M., with Pastor Judy Hazel officiating.  Burial will take place at Ford Cemetery, Gratiot County, MI. Visitation will be held on Friday, August 25, 2017 from 2-8 P.M. with family present from 2-4 & 6-8 P.M. at the funeral home.

     Russell was born in Owosso, MI on February 8, 1928, the son of Henry and Adella (Hall) Waters. He graduated from Elsie High School with the class of 1946. On August 5, 1950 Russell married Virginia LaBeau in Angola, IN. 

     He worked for the railroad then he went to Michigan Milk Producers working there for 50 years. He retired in 1996. Russell enjoyed hunting, fishing, woodworking and going to flea markets. His grandchildren and great grandchildren were very important to him. Russell enjoyed taking photos and photography. He was a member of Shepardsville United Methodist Church. 

     He is survived by his wife Virginia Waters of Ovid, MI, son Edwin and Michele Waters of Bradenton, FL, daughter Diane and Charles Coon of Atlanta, MI, 6 grandchildren; Melanie and Tim Schemanski, Christopher and Heather Waters, Becky and Sean Johnson, Nathan and Katelynn Coon,  Zachary and Kara Coon, Nicholas Coon and fiancee Ann Turvey, and 14 great grandchildren.  He was predeceased by his parents, and step brother Glenn Austin.

     Memorials may be made to Shepardsville United Methodist Church, 6990 Winfield Road, Ovid, MI, 48866 or Alzheimer's Association, 564 South Main Street Suite 200, Ann Arbor, MI 48104.  Online condolences can be sent to  The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes, Elsie, MI.

Charitable donations may be made to:

Alzheimer's Association Michigan Great Lakes Chapter
564 South Main Street Suite 200, Ann Arbor MI 48104

Shepardsville United Methodist Church
6990 Winfield Rd, Ovid MI 48866
Tel: 1-989-834-5104

 Service Information

Visitation - with family present from 2-4 & 6-8 P.M.
August 25, 2017

2:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Smith Family Funeral Homes - Elsie
221 E. Main Street
Elsie, MI 48831

Funeral Service
August 26, 2017

11:00 AM
Smith Family Funeral Homes - Elsie
221 E. Main Street
Elsie, MI 48831

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