Russell Taft

Russell Allen Taft Sr.

Tuesday, August 3rd, 1920 - Sunday, December 8th, 2019
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Russell A. Taft, 99, a lifetime resident of Battle Creek, passed away peacefully in his sleep, Sunday, December 8, 2019. He is joined in heaven with his wife Isabelle, who preceded him in death in 2002. Russell was born August 3, 1920 in Battle Creek, the son of Rolland and Gussie (Winter) Taft. Russell was employed by Garrett's over 40 years as a typewriter repairman. He loved spending time with family and friends and tinkering around in his garage and/or basement making/fixing things. He served during WWII in the U.S. Army infantry in Rosenheim, Germany where sustained gunshot injuries through the abdomen. He earned a Purple Heart, 2 bronze stars, and the Croix De Guerre, French Medal of Honor.

Russell married Isabelle Carr April 14, 1940 and had 6 children: Russell (Anne) Taft, Patricia Taft (deceased), Marilyn Taft (deceased), Thomas Taft, Richard (Marlene) Taft, and Michael Taft (deceased). Russell is also survived by two siblings, Delores (John) Kenny, and William Taft, 4 grandchildren: Donna (Jim) Bradstreet, Michael (Gloria) Taft, Teresa (Andy) Dillon, and Scott (Cara) Hintz and many great grand children. Russell was also preceded in death by his parents, 9 other siblings, and countless loved ones.

A service to celebrate Russell's life will be held Thursday, December 12, 2019 @11:00 am at Baxter Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends, Wednesday, December 11, 2019, from 4-7 pm at Baxter's. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Russell’s name to the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) or the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, December 11th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Wednesday, December 11th, 2019 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Baxter Funeral & Cremation Service
    375 W. Dickman Road
    BATTLE CREEK, MI 49037
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Thursday, December 12th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Thursday, December 12th, 2019 11:00am
    Baxter Funeral & Cremation Service
    375 W. Dickman Road
    BATTLE CREEK, MI 49037
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Ami Winkler

Posted at 08:34am
I was just thinking of Uncle Russ the other day then to read of his passing just a few moments ago. I have so many great memories of visiting Uncle Russ and Aunt June with my Mom ( Ihla Segur ) we would play in the driveway and in the big back yard, Ill never forget.

Ami Segur Winkler

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Eileen Casebeer

Posted at 09:04pm
I grew up across the street, on Terry Ct., and have some wonderful memories of playing in their driveway and riding go-carts in their back yard. Mrs. Taft (Izzie) was always baking us cookies and pies. They were the sweetest neighbors, always kind and generous. They are now united in heaven and I am sure it was a glorious reunion. Blessings to all the family. Eileen Rombaugh Casebeer

Tim Stebleton

Posted at 11:12am
I remember participating in many Walk for Warmth events with Russ Sr. There was one time he finished way ahead of the group and because he noticed that I was limping he came back and walked along side me as I finished the course. From that point on we called each other "Speedy."

Sheri Brown Posted at 01:08am

I have very fond memories of Uncle Russ. I’m so sorry that I cannot be with you. I have headed south for the winter. My love and prayer are with you. Sheri

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