Russell W. Smalley
Russell W. Smalley, age 85, of Council Bluffs, passed away April 23, 2019, at Midlands Living Center, in Council Bluffs. Russ was born on December 6, 1933, in Plattsmouth, Neb., to the late Fay and Hermie (Retelsdorf) Smalley. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force for 21 years, retiring as a Tech Sergeant. Russ then went to work for the Union Pacific Railroad as a welder for 21 years, retiring in 1998. He married Norene Costanzo Thompson on August 24, 2001, in Pocatello, Idaho. Russ was a member of Open Door Baptist Church.
In addition to his parents, Russ was preceded in death by his sister and 3 brothers.
Russ is survived by his wife of 17 years, Norene Smalley, of Council Bluffs; son, Eric Smalley, of Plattsmouth; daughters, Karen Smalley, of Lincoln, Neb., Michelle (David) Monnette, of Dallas, Texas; granddaughter, Shelby Frank; stepchildren, Andrew (Jackie) Thompson, of Omaha, Neb., Jenny (Sean) Patrick, of Council Bluffs; step grandchildren, Sabrina Patrick, Natalie Doughman, Leigha Patrick, Logan Davis, Megan Patrick and Harmony Thompson; nieces and nephews.
Funeral service, Saturday, 10 a.m., at Open Door Baptist Church. A lunch will immediately follow in the parish hall. Visitation with the family, Saturday, 9 to 10 a.m., at the church. Interment, with military rites tendered by the Offutt AFB Honor Guard, Saturday, 1 p.m., in Oak Hill Cemetery, Plattsmouth. Memorials may be directed to Open Door Baptist Church.