Russell E. Mendenhall

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Russell E. Mendenhall

February 12, 1938 - December 02, 2018

Russell E. Mendenhall ROCKVILLE - Russell E. Mendenhall, 80, of Rockville, passed away Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018, at Clinton Gardens in Clinton. He was born Feb. 12, 1938, in Early, Iowa, to the late Dwight Mendenhall and Gertrude Niceswanger Mendenhall.
His wife of 59 years, Phyllis Kirkham Mendenhall, whom he married May 18, 1958, preceded him in death March 1, 2018. Russell grew up in Early, Iowa, and graduated from Early High School. Upon graduation he enlisted with the United States Air Force where he had a 21 year career across the United States and around the world. After his Air Force career he was employed by Eli Lilly Clinton Laboratory until his retirement.
Survivors include his five sons, Randall (Julie) Mendenhall of Huger, S.C., Rodney Mendenhall of Clinton, Robert (Diana) Mendenhall of Dana, Todd (Lorrie) Mendenhall of Monroe City and Tim (fianceƩ Wendy) Mendenhall of Lafayette; one sister, Rosella; one brother, Ralph; 13 grandchildren, Dustin, Drew, Kari, Stacey, Steph, Doug, Jamie, Ryan, Michael, Matthew, Rebecca, Rachael and Chase; and 13 great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by his parents; infant son, Roger Douglas Mendenhall; sisters, Virginia and Wilma; and brother, Richard.
Services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, at Gooch Funeral Home, 112 W. Howard St., Rockville, with the Rev. Mark Houvenagle officiating. Burial, with graveside military honors by Parke County veterans will follow at Memory Garden Cemetery, Rockville. Visitation is from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Wednesday at Gooch Funeral Home. Online condolences may be shared at
Published on December 3, 2018
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