ROCKY BOY - Gene Arthur Russette, 69, of Rocky Boy died Sunday, April 9, 2006, at the Big Sandy Nursing Home of heart problems.
His wake service will begin today at the Rocky Boy Lutheran Church with his funeral service at 10 a.m. Tuesday, also at the Rocky Boy Lutheran Church with Father Pete Guthneck and Pastor Arden Barden officiating. Burial will follow at the Russette Family Cemetery.
Gene was born Jan. 3, 1937, in Rocky Boy to Mike and Helen (Champagne) Russette. He was raised in Rocky Boy and attended schools there and at St. Pierre, S.D.
Gene married Frances Mann in Havre in 1959. They made their home in Rocky Boy and raised their children. Gene worked for Dry Fork Farms for more than 20 years and at Morsette Construction.
Gene enjoyed visiting at Jitterbugs, driving his Dodge and putting up with his grandson Pete. He also enjoyed spending time and teasing with his longtime friends Joey LaMere and Charolette Nault and Vedette.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Pete Russette; daughter, Cheryl Gean Russette; brothers, Tiny, Lester and Walter Russette; and sisters, Wanda and Leota.
Survivors include his wife, Frances Russette of Rocky Boy; daughters, Ivy (John Edwin) Meyers and Tina Russette, all of Rocky Boy; sons, Lawrence “Chief” Russette and Russell G. Russette, both of Rocky Boy; sisters, Erma Racine of Browning and Pauline (Joey LaMere) Russette, Loretta Russette and Madeliva Russette, all of Rocky Boy; brothers, James (Bernice) Russette, Calvin (Carol) Russette and Duce (LaRae) Russette, all of Rocky Boy, and Thomas (Sheila) Knife of Sandy Lake Reserve, Canada; 18 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.