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Ernest Olen Russell, 86, of McAlester, died Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016, in McAlester.
Olen was born on Jan. 9, 1930, in Kiowa, to Ernest Otto Russell and Millie May (O'Daniel) Russell. He graduated from Kiowa High School with the Class of 1948.
Olen married Helen Johnson on Jan. 13, 1952, at Hillcrest Baptist Church in McAlester.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church of McAlester.
Olen is survived by his wife of 65 years, Helen, of the home; children, Mark Russell, of Tulsa, Dawn Cox and husband, Walter, of Tulsa, and Gay Smith, of McAlester, and four grandchildren, Daniel Smith and Erin, Kevin Cox, April Kelly and Scott and Aaron Smith; great-grandchildren, Colton Hall, Jaxon Kelly and Fallon Smith.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016, at First Baptist Church with the Rev. Tom Cox officiating.
Published on December 29, 2016
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