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Cloyd R. Russell, age 87, passed away on August 3, 2019 at his home in Erda, Utah due to complications from pneumonia. He was born September 24, 1931 in St.John, Utah to Geneva Remington Russell and Cloyd Ellis (Jim) Russell.
Cloyd attended Tooele High School and after graduation enlisted in the Air Force on January 4, 1951 as an Airman First Class. He was trained as an Aircraft Mechanic for the B 26. He was stationed in Japan and was one of the first groups to be sent into French Indo China later known as Korea. He was promoted to Flight Engineer and flew many missions around Korea, Japan and surrounding islands. After his honorable discharge, he returned home to begin mink ranching with his Dad.
Cloyd married Janice Lila Nordquist and together they ran the R- Ranch, raising a variety of livestock including mink and cattle. Janice passed away November 13, 2003.
Cloyd’s other passion was horses and he rode on many adventures including hunting, trail rides, and rounding up wild horses. He was an accomplished team roper, competing in rodeos and jack pots. His favorite horse, Buck, was his buddy for 27 years and the last horse he rode.
Cloyd was well known for his “Cloydisms”, his colorful way of seeing people and the world. The majority can’t be shared here but we remember them fondly.
Cloyd is survived by his sister Beverly, brother Harvey, children, Melanie, Bret (Tawna), Brian (Michelle), Tunie Boswell (Richard), companion Nancy Madill, and a herd of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by wife Janice, father Jim and mother Geneva.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the family home in Erda on August 9th from 5:00 to 8:00 pm - Address 90 West Church Road. Our sincere thanks to Rocky Mountain Hospice for providing support and comfort to our Dad and family during his final days. We would prefer donations to Hospice in lieu of flowers.