JEFFERSON, Wis. — Dale L. Russel, 76, of Jefferson passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by family Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017.

He was born Dec. 26, 1941, to Marion and Arline (Freemore) Russell. He married Betty Bernhardt June 4, 1960, at Tomah.

Dale was employed at Friskies Purina Pet Foods in Jefferson, for 35 years, retiring in 2000.

He loved to cook and bake, sharing his food with many people. Dale had a great sense of humor and enjoyed making people laugh. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family.

He will be deeply missed by his family, wife, Betty Russell of Jefferson; son, Randy Russell of Jefferson; daughter, Jodi (Brad) Knueppel of Lake Mills; grandchildren, Nathan (Yuu) Russell, Sarah Russell, Riley Knueppel, Blaise Knueppel; brother, Rick (Jeannine) Russell of Tomah; sister-in-law, Alice (Alred) Schmitz of Norwalk; many nieces, nephews other relatives and many friends.

He is preceded in death by his sister and brother-in-law Cherone, “Chick” (Dick) Miller; and brother-in-law, John Berendes.

A gathering to celebrate Dale’s life and to share memories will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Jan. 20, at Fairview Inn in Jefferson.

Memorials may be given to Jefferson Rainbow Hospice in Dale’s name.

Visit www.schneidermichaelisfuneralhome.com to light a candle or leave a condolence.

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