Beryl Ray Russell
Beryl Ray Russell, age 78, of Lee’s Summit, MO, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, at Lee’s Summit Medical Center in Lee’s Summit.
Beryl graduated from JC Penney High School in Hamilton in 1959. He married Shirley Jo Thompson on Aug. 18, 1963, and was employed by Safeway as a meat cutter from the early 1960s through the early 1990s, but continued to work in local butcher shops until 2014. After the passing of his wife in 1982, he was remarried on Sept. 8, 1990, to Carol Ann Massey.
He had a love for music from a very young age, playing in bands while he was in high school and was one of the founding members of Plain Label Bluegrass. The band was formed after the passing of his wife. His neighbor would come over and they would play music into the early mornings. Music was always a passion in his life and brought joy to everyone who had the pleasure to hear him play.
His other passions were fishing, reading western novels and spending time with his family and friends. Everyone who met him loved him. He had an infectious laugh and always a good joke (not always appropriate) to share. He was known by most as “UB” which stood for Uncle Beryl.
He raised three children and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He never met a stranger and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Jo Russell; mother, Margaret Russell; grandson, Deric Russell; and son-in-law, Paul Wiltsey.
He is survived by his wife, Carol Ann Russell; sister, Rita Hargrave (Gerald); daughter, Shellie Wiltsey; son, Michael Russell (Sandi); son, David Russell (Amanda); grandchildren, Dustin Love (Christina), Jacob Russell, Alyssa Russell, Becca Russell and Brice Maulis; seven great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services are scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 3, 2020, at Langsford Funeral Home in Lee’s Summit. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at the Lee’s Summit Cemetery. Memorials and contributions are suggested to a charity of the donor’s choice.