Russell Gottman

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Russell Hugo Gottman, a cherished husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend, departed this life at the age of 93 in Fairfield, Iowa, on December 13, 2023. Russell was born on October 14, 1930, in Queen City, Missouri, to Victor H. and Pearl G. Crow Gottman.

Russell’s journey was one of service and commitment. After his formative education in Missouri and Iowa, he answered the call of duty by joining the Army, where he served with honor during the Korean War. Russell’s military tenure from 1951 to 1953 included a pivotal posting at the Panama Canal, an experience that left an indelible mark on his life. Upon his return to civilian life, he found love and companionship in Elaine Augustine, they were married on June 3, 1954, at the Batavia United Methodist Church. The couple’s enduring union was blessed with love, laughter, and the joy of raising a family together.

Professionally, Russell was as steadfast as he was in his personal life. After working at Dexter and Louden’s, he embarked on a fulfilling career with the Iowa Department of Transportation as a construction supervisor. His work ethic and leadership were instrumental in shaping the infrastructure that countless Iowans rely upon to this day.

Russell’s commitment to community service was unparalleled. As a dedicated member of Kilwinning Masonic Lodge Post 198 in Batavia, he served as secretary for 25 years, demonstrating his belief in brotherhood and service. His passion for helping others extended to his role as a volunteer firefighter, a city council member, and a devoted member of the Batavia United Methodist Church. Through these roles, he touched many lives and left a legacy of selflessness that will long be remembered.

The family that Russell built with Elaine is a testament to the love and values he instilled. He is survived by his loving wife, Elaine; his daughters, Cassandra Bloomquist (Michael), Brenda Morgan (Kevin), and Rebecca McDowell (Lonnie); his sister, Louise Stoner; his grandchildren, Stephanie Ferrell (Mike), Stacie Warren (Michael), Scott Morgan, and Natalie Morgan (Mark); and his great-grandchildren, Ava, Bode, Charlie, and Oliver. Each of them carries a piece of Russell’s spirit, his wisdom, and his unwavering support in their hearts.

Russell’s legacy is not only in the lives he touched but also in the memories he created, the laughter he shared, and the quiet moments of support he offered. As we bid farewell to a man who was a pillar of strength to his family and community, we take comfort in knowing that his influence will continue to be felt by all who knew him.

The final rites, befitting a man of Russell’s stature, will include a Masonic service by Kilwinning Masonic Lodge 198 at Cranston Family Funeral Home in Fairfield at 10:00 AM on Monday, December 18, 2023. A graveside service with military honors will follow at the Batavia Cemetery at 11:00 AM, with Ethan Eakins officiating, to honor a life well-lived and a man deeply loved. Memorials in Russell’s honor to Kilwinning Masonic Lodge 198, Cardinal A Club or O.B. Nelson Post# 3 American Legion may be left at the funeral home, graveside or mailed to the family at 412 North Vine Street, Agency, IA 52530.  Friends may leave online condolences at www.cranstonfamilyfuneralhome.com.

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