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Russell Mealoy

Russell Mealoy

1945 - 2022

Russell Luther Mealoy age 77 of Cheboygan passed away on October 31, 2022 at McLaren Northern Michigan after a long battle with cancer.

He was born January 20, 1945 in Petoskey to Cady [William] and Mildred (Stokes) Mealoy.

Russell is survived by: 2 brothers Ron Mealoy of Jackson and Cady Mealoy of Antioch, California; two sisters, Emma Vallance and Helen Vallance had previously passed on. Russell had three sons from his first marriage – Russ Rosloniec, Richard Mealoy and Eddie Mealoy from his marriage to Donna Lee Mealoy (Cummings-Shimmons) (who preceded him in moving on to Heaven December 22, 2009) he leaves behind step-sons Paul (Jennifer) Shimmons and Brad Shimmons. From his marriage to Lila Mealoy (Griswold-Vallance) (who preceded him in moving on to Heaven on March 26, 2021) he leaves the following step children David Griswold, Maryellen (Mike Cherry, Roger (Dianne) Griswold. Russell leaves behind 24 Grand-Children, 20 Great-Grand- Children and numerous nephews, nieces and other extended family.

Russell was first and foremost a follower of Christ and lived his life as a light to Jesus. His love for his family showed in the way he cared for both Donna and Lila as a husband as both wives dealt with terminal illnesses. Russ extended his love to his entire family unequivocally. His passion for playing piano helped him share the love of his savior with others in a way that only music can speak. Russ always had a smile on his face, a lilt to his step and spoke with a gentle caring tone even through his struggles with his own battle with multiple forms of cancer.

Friends may visit at the Zion Christian Fellowship Church in Brutus on Saturday, November 5th from 2 p.m. through time of his funeral at 3 p.m. with Pastor Rod Sydow officiating.

Memorials may be given to: Zion Christian Fellowship, 6590 Maple River Rd., Brutus, MI 49716; St. Labre Indian School, P.O. Box 216, Ashland, Montana 59003-9989; St. Joseph’s Indian School, P.O. Box 326, Chamberlain, South Dakota 57326; St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 50, Memphis, TN 38101-0050; or Shriners Hospitals for Children, P.O. Box 1510, Ranson, WV 25438-4510.

Burial for Russel and Donna will take place at the Wilmer Township Cemetery at a later date.

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