Cahill Funeral Chapel: Obituaries

Cahill Funeral Chapel

Russell Vern Lawrence
(May 12, 1954 - April 1, 2011)

Funeral Service for Russell Vern Lawrence, 56, of Browns Valley, Minnesota will be held on Monday, April 4, 2011 at 1:00 P.M. with Rev. Charles Chan, Rev. Jerome Renville and Nippy Owen. Pianist will be Kay Bursheim and special music by Eldon Lawrence. Pallbearers will be Alan Shepherd, Robin Lawrence, Eldon Hayes, Larry Keoke, Jordan Leith, and Michael Heminger. Honorary pallbearers will be all of Russell’s Kodas. Interment will be in the St. Mary’s Episcopal Cemetery with Military Rites by the Sisseton Wahpeton American Legion Post #314. There will be a wake on Saturday, April 2, 2011 starting at 7:00 P.M. at the Tribal Community Center, Agency Village, SD and a wake on Sunday, April 3, 2011 starting at 7:00 P.M. also at the Tribal Community Center. Russell was born on May 12, 1954 at Sisseton, SD to Lavern and Thelma (Bird) Lawrence. He grew up and attended school in Peever, SD. After his education he entered the Army on July 25, 1974 and was discharged on December 26, 1974. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and Marksman Badge. After his service to his country he attended Lake Area Vo-Tec where he studied Business. Russell was employed by the Dakota Magic Casino after his technical training where he was a cage supervisor. Russell worked there until his health failed and he wasn’t able to work anymore. Russell passed away on April 1, 2011 at his home in Browns Valley, MN. Russell liked to play poker, fish and liked to help care for his nieces and nephews. Russell is survived by two brothers, Brian Lawrence of Browns Valley, MN and Marcus Dumarce of Sioux Falls, SD four sisters, Joani Mahpiyasna of Sisseton, SD, Doris Leith of Peever, SD, Marla Raffety of Ortonville, MN, and Renee Lahm of Lincoln, NE.