TECUMSEH — Russell Spalding, of Britton, age 89, passed away
Wednesday, July 10, 2013, at The Fieldstone, Tecumseh Place, Tecumseh.
He was born Nov. 12, 1923, the son of Claude Eugene Spalding and
Goldie Grace (Elkins) Spalding in Cass County, Michigan. On June 10,
1950, he married Johanna M. Warner in East Lansing, Mich.
He served in the Army during World War II, in which he was an active
member of the 10th mountain division. During 1968, he served in
Vietnam as a civilian military advisor. He was a life time member of
the Masons, Shriners, NEA and MEA, as well as a member of DAV #20,
American Legion #155, V.F.W. #1584 and served as past state commander
of DAV, national executive committee of DAV, a past veteran service
officer, volunteering his time transporting veterans from Lenawee
County to the VA hospital in Ann Arbor and back home, and a member of
40 et 8.
He worked as a teacher and administrator for Reading, Britton, Mio,
where he also served as superintendent, and Dundee school systems.
He along with his wife taught one year in Hawaii. Russell was
instrumental in the formation of the Retired School Personnel of
Lenawee County Association.
He is survived by his sister in laws, Wanita Spalding of Buchanan,
Mich., and Rose Spalding of South Bend, Ind.; nieces and nephews, Bob
Diedrich of Portland, Ore., Patricia Massey of St. Cloud, Fla., Diane
Spalding of South Bend, Ind. and Sue Spalding of Buchanan, Mich.,
Karen Spalding-Mayer of Plymouth, Ind., and Donald Spalding of South
Bend, Ind., Jan Spalding of Mishawaka Ind.; and many other nieces and
nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Johanna;
brothers Max, Lowell, Bob and Donald Spalding; sisters, Mable Wilds,
Mildred Weed, and Marguerite Bonjarno; and niece Sandra Diedrich.
The funeral service for Russ was held at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday,
July 14, 2013, at Wagley Funeral Home with Rev. Richard Bruce
officiating. Burial was private at Fort Custer National Cemetery
in Augusta, MI. Friends visited the family on Saturday, July 13,
from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home where the
various Veterans groups held a service at 7:00 p.m. In lieu of
flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Housing Help of
Lenawee for the Veterans’ Dire Needs Fund. Envelopes will be
available at Wagley Funeral Home. Online condolences are welcomed at