Russell Lee Stravers was born May 9, 1942, to Gilbert and Jennie (Harthoorn) Stravers, in Lynnville, Iowa.
Russ attended Black Oak Country School, Sully Christian School and graduated from Pella Christian High School.
On February 23, 1962, he was united in marriage to Gladys Viola Lanser at the Sully Christian Reformed Church. To this union they were blessed with five children: Jeffrey, Brenda, Lynnette, Gregory, and Philip.
Throughout his career, Russ painted barns, farmed, worked at farm implement dealers, built grain bins, worked for Vermeer Manufacturing for 31 years and finally, worked for a farm implement dealer again. Russ also mowed the lawn and drove bus for the Sully Christian School.
Russ was a gifted singer who was a member of the Sounds of Praise Gospel Quartet for 25 years and together they made four records. He enjoyed traveling, woodworking, and yardwork, but most of all he enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren.
Russ was a member of Sully Christian Reformed Church where he directed the choir for many years.
Those left to cherish his memory are his wife Gladys, their children and their families:
Jeff and Jody Stravers, Sully
Kelsie and Cody Johnson
Trace, Tyler, Cora
Megan and Sam Wenndt
Brenda and Mark McKay, Attica
Lynn Nichols, Des Moines
Greg and Marcy Stravers, Pella
Justin Stravers and Ashley Ambroson
Phil and Amy Stravers, Pella
Drew Stravers and Kara Otto
Clay and Tristen Stravers
He is also survived by his sisters: Velma and Larry Ouwenga of DeMotte, Indiana, and Sandra and Phil Braziel of Waukee, Iowa.
Russ was preceded in death by his parents Gilbert and Jennie Stravers, his sister Marilyn Schuling.
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