Russell Arnold Robb, 72, of Nevada, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2008, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, in Joplin, following a lengthy illness. He was born March 7, 1935, in Walker, to Arthur Glen Robb and Grace Agnes Godsey Robb. He married Patricia Ann Smith on June 4, 1979, in Miami, Okla., she survives of the home.
Russell was born and reared in Walker and spent his youth there. he entered the service in 1953 and served in the United States Navy in a variety of locales around the world including time spent in Guam, in Alaska, Seattle, Wash.; San Diego, Calif.; and his final service being Camranh Bay, Vietnam. He retired as Chief Petty Officer, in 1973, after 22 years of service. He returned to this area and retired to his farm near Montevallo. He has resided in Nevada the past 11 years. Russell was a Baptist, a member of the VFW Post No. 2175, American Legion Post No. 2, a member of the Elks Lodge Post No. 564 and Eagles Lodge No. 3770.
Survivors, in addition to his wife Patricia, include one son, Larry O'Neal, of Columbus, Ohio; one daughter, Cathrine Simon, of Milo, Mo.; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; three brothers, Robert Robb, of Kansas City, Mo., Wayne Robb, of Walker, and Jim Robb, of Milo, and one sister, Virginia Green, of Adrian, Mo. He was preceded in death by one son, Edward Christy and four brothers.
A graveside service with military honors will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 7, at Olive Branch Cemetery, Milo, Mo., with the Rev. Terry Mosher officiating. Friends may call now and until 1:30 p.m., on Thursday, at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada.
Memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society, in care of Ferry Funeral Home.