In Memory

Russell Gaius Masten

Russell Gaius Masten

      Russell Gaius Masten

Russell passed away on July 9, 2022 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He was a resident of Battle Creek, Michigan. Russell was active in Boy Scouts and was an Eagle Scout and active in the Order of the Arrow. He was very proud of his eagle scout and worked at Scout Camp every summer at the archery range. With his background in scouting, he started camping in the rendezvous style of pre-1940. He loved the history and re-enacted the camping style. Russell married Judy Enos in May 1970 and adopted Deana into their new family. Then, he proceeded in having two children, Tara Blackburn (born 1972) and Phillip Masten (born 1974). This marriage ended in divorce. He then married Vicki J Goodenough and had a daughter, Danielle Lin (died 1982). This marriage also ended in divorce. In December of 2001, Russell married Julie Hobbs. Russell adopted Caleb Anthony and raised him through football, wrestling practices and rarely missed a game or match. Caleb was welcomed into Russell’s family with open arms. Russell retired from United Steel and Wire in 2007. He always enjoyed High School sports and watching football, basketball and baseball on television. He loved seeing his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Russell was a gentle soul and loved by many. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother and sister-in-law, Thomas and Teresa; his daughter, Danielle; great-grandson, Westyn; great-grandson, Gideon; and great-granddaughter, Seraphina. Survivors included his wife, Julie; his children, Deana Carson (Rick), Tara Blackburn, Phillip (Patti) Masten, and Caleb Masten who is active in the U.S. Navy; 8 grandchildren and multiple great-grandchildren. Follow the link below to view Russell's full obituary.

Information from Baxter Funeral and Cremation Service, Battle Creek, Michigan online on July 13, 2022

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07/14/22 08:31 PM #1    

Craig Bundy

I'm sad to hear about Russell's passing. I was in kindergarten with Russel and went all through school with him. Russel was a very sweet guy. Sorry for his loss. 

07/15/22 07:55 AM #2    

Ken Long

Sorry to hear the passing of Russell.My only memory of him was a good football player for the Bearcats.

07/15/22 10:45 AM #3    

Thomas Lusk

So sorry to hear of Russell's passing.  Rest I Peace to a Hard playing BEARCAT football player!

07/15/22 01:33 PM #4    

James Wilcox

playing football at South East junior high Russ was known as the gentle giant. In high school he became more aggressive. He will be missed.

07/15/22 07:09 PM #5    

Carole Terry (Morgan)

God speed Russell, so sorry.  Sincerely Carole

07/16/22 03:33 PM #6    

Michael MacDonald

Russell was a big kid, but never one to try and intimate anybody.  I went through Verona, WK, and Central with him.  He seemed quiet, but always nice. Very sorry for his family.

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