Johnson, Russell Irvin, 80 died Tuesday July 3rd at home with his family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Russell Issac Johnson and Lucie Avery Johnson (nee Guess) and his daughter Rachel Gitel Johnson. Survived by his wife Barbara Ann Malin-Johnson and his son Matthew David Johnson.
He had a doctorate in Industrial Psychology from Wayne State University. Russell traveled the world consulting for businesses, governments and universities. After retirement he took on a second career as a personal trainer.
Russell was an enthusiastic skier and avid athlete who completed more than thirty marathons and many other outdoor sports events.
He had an active intellectual life and devoted himself to lifelong learning.
In honor of his father, Russell became a 32nd degree Mason and was a member of the Shrine.
Russell will be cremated and his ashes will be spread on a ski slope in Oregon at a later date.
An informal memorial service in celebration of his life will be held at the Villas at Kenrick clubhouse, 7410 Woodlawn Colonial Lane, Shrewsbury, MO. 63119 from 10:00 am until noon on Friday July 6th.
Donations in Russell’s memory may be made to Missouri Baptist Medical Center Foundation – Cancer Fund.