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Thomas 'Tom' G. Russell, 78

| November 20, 2020 1:00 AM

Thomas “Tom” G. Russell, 78, of Coeur d’Alene, passed away Nov. 17, 2020, with his wife by his side at Hospice of North Idaho Schneidmiller House, due to Alzheimer’s.

He was born May 29, 1942, to George “Kelly” and Mildred (Taie) Russell, in Coeur d’Alene.

Being an Idaho native and growing up in Coeur d’Alene, he enjoyed hunting and fishing from a very young age.

He married the love of his life, Penny Benson, Aug. 31, 1961. Together they had two daughters, Lori and Lisa. They loved traveling to Reno, the Oregon Coast and Maui. He retired from Kaiser Aluminum after 34 years in 2000. After retirement, he enjoyed grabbing a coffee with Penny and going for a drive. He loved Gonzaga Basketball and was an avid fan of the Seattle Mariners and Idaho Vandals.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Kelly and Mildred Russell and sisters, Bonnie Caswell and Gwen Hazelton. He is survived by his loving wife, Penny; daughter, Lori (Casey) Latuseck; daughter, Lisa (Mark) Goodwin; sister, Judy Krum; brother-in-law, Rich Hazelton; brother-in-law, Bob Benson; and brother-in-law, Ben Benson. Also surviving are five granddaughters: Valerie (Gerald Branham) Hendrickson, Kathryn (Cory) Arrand, Brittany (Tyler) Haug, Chelsea (Ty Biondo) Latuseck, and Kristina (Shanika Sawyer) Goodwin; nine great grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, at Coeur d’Alene Memorial Gardens, 7315 N. Government Way, in Coeur d’Alene (masks and social distancing are recommended). There will be a celebration of life in summer of 2021.

The family would like to give special thanks to all the staff at Wellspring Meadows for the care and love they gave him.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of North Idaho Schneidmiller House or The Children’s Village.

Please visit Tom’s memorial and sign his online guest book at