Saturday, December 02, 2023

Robert "Bob" Russell, 83

| November 2, 2023 12:00 AM

Robert Erald “Bob” Russell, 83, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2023, at his home in Polson.

Bob was born Aug. 11, 1940, in Opportunity, Wash., to Robert and Norma Russell. He was raised in Rathdrum, Idaho, until the family moved to Indian Springs (Harrison) when he was 16.

Bob was a self-made man who started his working life with a milk run for Superior Dairy. He then began driving truck in 1961 out of Missoula.

He married Peggy Procopio of St. Maries, Idaho, July 28, 1962. In 1967 he started driving his own truck out of Superior.

Both of his children, Judy Russell and Kurt Russell, were born while in Missoula. In 1968, Bob relocated his family to St. Maries, Idaho, where he spent many years hauling rock. He built that into Bob Russell Construction which he operated until 1984 when he purchased Darby Lumber and the family moved to Darby.

Bob retired in 1999. In 2012, Bob realized a lifelong dream of owning a Harley-Davidson shop when he purchased Grizzly Harley-Davidson in Missoula.

Bob had many passions and lived fully. He loved anything with an engine, as long as it went fast, ruling out the lawn mower (lol). Motorcycles, snowmobiles, hot rods, old cars, and planes, but his most accomplished passion was in 1995 when he purchased his helicopter.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Norma Russell; his twin sisters, Norma Russell Green and Nancy Russell Sjoden; his brother, Mike Russell, and nephew Darrin Russell.

Bob is survived by his wife of 61 years, Peg Russell; daughter Judy Russell and son and daughter-in-law Kurt and Denise Russell; grandchildren Drew and Kassie (Russell) Turbin, Robbie Russell and Reilly Schmidt; great-grandchildren Harper and Russell Turbin; as well as his nephews, nieces, and the many friends he considered family.

Graveside services were held at Woodlawn Cemetery in St. Maries, Idaho, on Saturday, Oct. 28, at 11 a.m. A social gathering at the Eagles immediately followed the service.

In lieu of flowers, please send a donation in honor of Bob Russell to: Partners in Home Care – Lake County Chapter:

Per Bob’s personal invitation you are invited to a Celebration of Life at his lake house in Polson, July 28, 2024. Messages of condolences may be shared with the family online at

Arrangements are under the care of The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.

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