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Russell Mann, 60, of Independence, MO, passed away Oct. 16, 2010 at Centerpoint Medical Center from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. A memorial service will be held at 1:30 PM Tuesday Oct. 26, 2010 at Brandt Funeral Home, 312 Walnut Ave., Woodward, IA. Russell was born May 30, 1950 in Cedar Rapids, IA to Roland and Inge Mann. Russell is survived by his father, Roland; three sons: Chad, Justin, and Jared; brother, Michael; brother, Leroy; and sister, Dawn. Russell was preceded in death by his twin brother, Roger, and his mother, Inge.
Russell grew up in Rolfe, Iowa, a small midwestern farm town. He graduated from Rolfe High School in 1969, and shortly afterward was drafted into the Army. Russell’s service in the Army led him to the Vietnam War, where he was awarded the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star, among other commendations for bravery and honor.
Russell returned from Vietnam to marry and start a familiy. He graduated from Iowa Lakes College with degrees in auto body and auto mechanics.
After being honorably discharged from the Army in 1984, Russell took a position with the United States Postal Service, where he worked for 26 years. Russell was a dedicated employee and a loving father and friend. He enjoyed motorcycling, marksmanship, camping, and visiting with family and friends.
Because of Russell’s decorated service to his country, he has earned the honor and will be placed in Arlington National Cemetery, in Virginia.