David Russell

Obituary of David Robert Russell

  David was born in Racine Wisconsin on January 22, 1942 and passed away at home on September 5, 2022.  

He attended schools in Racine, Wisconsin and with permission from the family he left the farm and enlisted into the U.S. Air Force and received his GED. He was stationed at the Mt. Home Air Force Base. He met Alice M. Russell from Boise, Idaho and they were married for 51 years and had four daughters. 

  He was stationed in numerous places including: Mt. Home Idaho, Nebraska, Hawaii, New Hampshire, Arizona and back to Mt. Home where he retired after 22 years of service.  He served in both Vietnam and Thailand.  David and his family moved from Mt. Home to Middleton, Idaho where he worked at Simplot of Caldwell for many years before retiring from there and moving up to Cascade, Idaho.  He worked at the Cascade Golf Course for a number of years while studying to become an electrician through CWI.  He graduated from CWI with his electrical degree in 2010 and was the oldest one in his class graduating at the age of 68 yrs old.  He continued to work and live in Cascade after the death of Alice in 2014. 

  He married Ileen Sasser Bunce on November 21, 2016 and resided in Eagle Idaho for a couple of years before they moved to a home overlooking Cascade Lake and the Golf Course there.  They decided to move to Nampa and purchased their home in Nampa just recently.

  He is survived by his wife of six years, Ileen S. Bunce-Russell, Daughters: Deborah A. Wilkerson, Paula M. Packer (Mark), Jo Lynne Ward (Dan), Brenda K. Cook (Crawford).  Two Step Children Gregory Bunce of Mesa, AZ and Laurel Bunce-Sampson of Parparauma, New Zealand, His 8 Grandchildren, 11-Great Grand Children, 4 Step Grandchildren and 4 Step Great Grandchildren, a brother Darryl Russell of Wisconsin, sisters Rose Russell (Lynn) of Gig Harbor, WA, Charlene Konkel (Ken) of Amhurst Jct. Wisconsin and brother Stanley Russell (Cathy) of Cristle Falls, MI.

  He was preceded in death by his brother John Russell of Denhan Springs, LA and his sister Sheryl Cochran of St. Charles, LA.  His first wife Alice M. Russell of Boise, ID and Grandson David Levi Packer.

  He loved to hunt, fish and golf, not necessarily in that order.  He was a member of the American Legion Post #60 in Cascade, ID.  A member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles since 1980.  A life member of the North American Hunting Club, North American Fishing Club, of Good Sam Club, of Valley Corvettes of (Boise), and of National Corvette Museum.

He loved driving Corvettes in parades, on impromptu’s and on special trips with the club.

  He will be missed by all that knew him, may he rest in peace!

  Services to be held at Flahiff’s Funeral Chapel on Wednesday September 14, 2022 at 1 pm. Military honors will be held on Monday, September 19, 2022 at 2:00pm at the Idaho State Veteran's Cemetery in Boise.

  In lieu of flowers, please send donations to St. Jude’s, Idaho Food Bank, or Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. 


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Memorial Service

1:00 pm
Wednesday, September 14, 2022
Flahiff Funeral Chapel
624 Cleveland Blvd
Caldwell, Idaho, United States
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