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Leslie Andrew Russell Jr., 83

Leslie Andrew Russell Jr., 83, of Valley City, N.D., formerly of Bemidji, died Friday, May 1, 2009 at his home.

A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Vangstad Auditorium in Valley City, N.D. Military honors will be provided.

Oliver-Nathan Funeral Chapel assisted the family with arrangements.

He was born Aug. 17, 1925, to Leslie A. and Birdie (Mathaison) Russell in Seattle, Wash. He served with the 101st Airborne Division of the U.S. Army from Oct. 21, 1943-Jan. 22, 1946. He married Martha Jane "Markie" Larsen in 1952. She died in 1969. He was an English professor for 29 years at Bemidji State University. On March 5, 1988, he married Julee Hauff in Burnsville, Minn. He retired in 1993, and in 1995, the couple moved to Valley City, N.D. He was a member of the VFW.

He is survived by his wife, Julee of Valley City; son, David of Minneapolis; daughter, Linda (John Mirocha) Russell of Minnetonka, Minn.; two grandchildren; brothers, Bruce (Pat) of Everett, Wash. and James (Wanda) of Olympia, Wash.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife.

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