Dr. F. Russell James, 75 years of age, of Englewood, Florida

Memorial Graveside Services for Dr. F. Russell James will be held Monday, Sept. 23, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at the Prairie Home Cemetery in Holdrege, Nebraska with Reverend Jamie Strickler officiating, where Russ will rest in peace beside his two daughters.

Dr. F. Russell James, 75 years of age, of Englewood, Florida, passed away Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013 at the Hospice of the Valley in Scottsdale, Arizona, less than 4 weeks after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Russell was born at Holdrege on June 19, 1938 to Floyd and Mae (Baker) James.

Russell graduated from Holdrege High School with the class of 1957. He then pursued higher education, where he received his Ph.D. in genetics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and taught in the Biology Department at UW-Stout in Menomonie, Wisconsin for 35 years. Russell devoted more than 20 years of his career to genetic and molecular research in dark red kidney bean production, which continues to have an agricultural impact today. Teaching was his passion and he taught everywhere he went including: the classroom, apple orchard and bean field.

Russell was a devoted athlete who played college football for the Nebraska Cornhuskers, skied the American Birkebeiner for 10 years and completed the Tinman Triathlon. He loved music and played the trombone for 29 years in the Ludington Guard Band. He also enjoyed traveling, reading and playing cards.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two daughters: Dianna Lynn and Jodi Lynn James.

Russell is survived by his wife, Kathryn, of Englewood, Florida; his children: Jacqueline (Thomas) Evenson of Menomonie, Wisconsin, Julie James (Kevin Shoemaker) of Elk Mound, Wisconsin, John James of Blaine, Minnesota, and Janelle (Kenny) Patenaude of Eau Claire, Wisconsin; his grandchildren: Eric (Clare) Evenson, Matthew Evenson, Chandler James, Abirlan Turner, Logan, Ava, Ben and Taylor James and Ella and Grant Patenaude; his brother, Harry (Marion) James of Springfield, Missouri and sister, Delores (Robert) Schroeder of Lincoln, Nebraska; as well as countless family members, friends, neighbors, colleagues and beloved high school classmates.

A memorial has been established in Russell's honor and will be designated at a later date.

Expressions of caring and kindness can be sent to the family at www.nelsonbauerfh.com

The Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege is in charge of the arrangements.

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