Russell J. Samuels, age 83, passed away May 22, 2013 at Grant Hospital in Columbus, Ohio with his family by his side. He was born July 30, 1929 in Warren, Ohio to the late Howard and Edna (Davis) Samuels. Russell attended the Ohio State University and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a retired Health Commissioner for the city of Niles and was active in the community for many years; Russell was a member of the First Christian Church in Niles, the Shriners; an Al Koran Clown, the New England Masonic Lodge #4, V.F.W. of Mineral Ridge, as well as an AKC dog judge. Russell was an avid outdoors man and naturalist, and he was a big fan of the Cleveland Indians and Ohio State Buckeye.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Maxine (McIntyre) Samuels; daughters, Joan (Ben) Hedrick of Amanda, OH, and Tracy Samuels of Columbus, OH; grandchildren, Steven (Jeannie) Bohlman of Seattle, WA, Brian Bohlman of Boone, NC, and Christy Bohlman of Columbus, OH; step granddaughter, Haley Hedrick of Amanda, OH. In addition to his parents, Russell was preceded in death by his brother and sister-in-law Myron and Mary Louise Samuels.
Funeral service will be at 1:00 P.M. on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at the Lane Family Funeral Home, 415 Robbins Ave., Niles, Ohio with Dr. Marilyn Miller officiating. Burial will follow at Hawley Cemetery, Paris Twp. in Portage County. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 11:00 A.M. until time of service at the funeral home, with a Masonic service at 12:15 P.M.
The family request memorial contributions to the St. Francis Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, 201 Smith Road, Belleville, OH 44813, or at www.SFC4Wildlife.org
in Russell's memory. Arrangements by the Taylor Funeral Home in Amanda, Ohio.