Francis “Frank” J. Russell III


Francis “Frank” Joseph Russell III, 57, of Grain Valley, Missouri, formerly of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, passed away Sunday, February 4, 2018. A visitation will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at Royer Funeral Home, Grain Valley with a memorial service following at 11:00 a.m.


Frank was born on March 20, 1960 in Morristown, NJ, son of Francis II and Nancy (Hubbard) Russell. Frank worked at General Motors for 32 years. He enjoyed dirt bike racing, playing ping-pong and tennis. He loved spending time with his kids and future son-in-law, Ryan Paxton.


Franks survivors include his daughter, Breann Russell of Grain Valley; son, Eric Russell of Grain Valley; father, Francis J. Russell II (Loretta) of Little River, SC; mother, Nancy Russell of New Hope, PA; 3 siblings, Dana Moscow of New Town, PA, Jean Paul Russell of Durham, PA and Susan Harry of Canton, GA; ex-wife, Diane (Ray) Lindner of Grain Valley; brother-in-law, Bob Hansen; and mother-in-law and father-in-law, Arne and Francis Hansen.


Arrangements:  Royer Funeral Home, Grain Valley, MO   816-847-4441


Rest in Peace Frank. I was lucky to have known you. Your had the biggest heart, and the most courage of anyone I know. Always the calm, wise one. But on a track, full of fire and determination as you flew high on your CRF450. You were an inspiration, you will live on in my memories, I will think of you everyday. Moto on brother.  - Kevin Decker

Rest in peace, Frank. Although we only knew each other at the motocross track, I always looked for an open parking spot near you as I enjoyed the always friendly conversation. You will be greatly missed and our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.  - Ervin Family - Lake Mary, FL

I had the absolute privilege of working across the car from Frank at GM from 2009-2012 until I could transfer back to Indiana.  He was the funniest, wittiest, greatest guy to be around. He made the 8-9.5 hour days and 3 years I spent at Fairfax fly by! I am so saddened to hear of his sudden illness. Praying for God to comfort your family & loved ones during this very difficult time.  RIP Frank, I sure do miss ya. -Terry Bourke, Anderson, IN



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