Henry G. Russell, 73

May 29, 2021

Henry G. Russell, age 73, died on May 29, 2021 at Lancashire Hall in Lancaster, PA. Born in Wantage Twp., Sussex County, NJ, Henry was the son of the late Henry Russell and Ruth Alice (Randall) Russell.

Henry honorably and proudly served in the US Navy for 20 years and 6 mos., retiring as Senior Chief Petty Officer Hospital Corpsman. As an Independent Duty Corpsman, Henry was responsible for the health of the entire crew on two US Navy ships – the USS Inchon as Sr. Chief of the Med. Dept. during the First Iraq War and as Sr. Chief of the Med. Dept on the USS Texas CGN-39 which sailed around the world in 1992.

Henry received over 9 medals and ribbons, but he was most proud of the following letter of commendation by Captain William Andress which begins: “Henry is the BEST HMC in the Navy. He is a 4.0. He is difficult to overburden. Always takes initiative, knows what needs to be done and does it. He runs an outstanding sick call and is always available to the crew and very service oriented. His division sets the example for all others to emulate. I would specifically choose him to be with me at any command, especially in combat.”

While in the Navy, Henry graduated with three college degrees: St. Leo College, St. Leo, FL (Assoc. of Gen. Arts), George Washington Univ. (BS in Allied Health Sciences), and Thomas Nelson Comm. College, Newport News, VA (Assoc. Applied Sciences in Opticianry).

After the Navy, Henry was employed as Asst. Mgr. of various locations of Lenscrafters from 1992 to 2008, retiring at age 62. He then spent many days playing wargames, a division of board games rarely known by average gamers, and was proud of the many plaques he won at the WBC (World Boardgaming Championships) held each year.

In 1968, Henry married the “love of his life”, Carol Lee Decker, and after 30 wonderful years, Carol died of cancer in 1999. Henry is survived by their children Jerry Russell, married to Jenn of Lancaster, PA; Matthew Russell, companion of Wendy of Columbia, PA, and Michael Russell of Lancaster, PA. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Brittany, Emma, Lindsey, Junya, Michael Jr., Brandon and Kaitlyn; as well as his great-grandchildren: Amara, Naomi, Chloe, and Kamryn. He is also survived by his brother Carl Russell, companion of Linda, and sister, Florence Rome, all from NJ. Henry is predeceased by his son, Jeffrey Russell (2020), infant daughter Emma, and infant grandchild Kayla.

In 2001, Henry married Vicky L. Russell and they would have celebrated 20 years of marriage this month. Vicky resides in Lancaster, PA.

Family and friends will be received at the Charles F. Snyder, Jr. Funeral Home and Crematory, 3110 Lititz Pike Lititz, PA 17543 on Monday June 7, 2021 from 10AM to 11AM. A Celebration of Life Service will immediately follow at 11AM with Pastor Mark Thiboldeaux officiating. A graveside service will be held at Landis Valley Mennonite Cemetery, 2420 Landis Valley Road Lancaster, PA 17601 on Tuesday June 8, 2021 at 2PM. Military honors will be rendered. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Henry’s honor can be made to the Pennsylvania Wounded Warriors Inc., 1117 Country Club Road Camp Hill, PA 17011.

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June 19, 2021

I’ll miss Henry and the many hours we spent together at game conventions.  God bless.

June 07, 2021

My deepest sympathy to the Russell family. I always enjoyed spending time with everyone. Henry was a wonderful man. My thoughts and love are with all of you. 
Terri Morton

June 04, 2021

I love you dad have fun fly with in the blue light love always 💙
Michael A Russell

June 02, 2021

I worked with Henry for many years at Lenscrafters. He always had my back and genuinely cared about his customers. But also cared about his associates that looked to him for guidance.  R.I.P. my friend. 
Mike Kunda

June 02, 2021

Please accept my sincere sympathy on behalf of all who served on board USS Inchon.
Know with certainty that your loved one, our Shipmate, will never be forgotten.  Senior Chief Russell has been added to the list of known-departed Shipmates and will be remembered at all future reunions when we announce his name and toll a bell in his honor at our Memorial Service. 
We are forever grateful for his service to our Country and the United States Navy.
David Fix
USS Inchon Association

June 01, 2021

My condolences.  Henry was a good friend.  We spent many hours playing games.  You could count on Henry for friendly competition and a lot of good stories.  He will be greatly missed.
Lane Christopher Hess

June 01, 2021

We will miss Henry very much. He was one of the smartest people we knew. I will miss having a beer with him and hearing his laughter. Rest in peace brother. We love you
You will always be in our hearts and thoughts
Sempri Fi brother
Carl, Linda & Florence 

May 31, 2021

Prayers to Henry’s family.  I truly enjoyed playing him.  Great competitor!  
Larry lingle

May 30, 2021

Ace Atque Value.
You well be missed papa. Your with Nana now and watching over us. Im greatfull of you for taking me in as a grandchild when I was an infant. I m greatful for call the memories we created and im glad my chold got to meet you. Love you forever and always to the moon and back again. 

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