Russell Howell Browning

Born: Sat., Feb. 14, 1925
Died: Wed., Jul. 29, 2020

Graveside Service

10:30 AM Sat., Aug. 01, 2020
Location: Calhoun Cemetery

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Russell Howell Browning, age 95, of rural Chambersburg, IL passed away at his home on Wednesday, July 29, 2020.  He was born on February 14, 1925 to Russell and Elma Howell Browning in the same home he lived and passed away in.  He married Martha Jean Ballard on May 20, 1945 in Chambersburg, IL, and she survives.

Howell graduated from Chambersburg High School and then began farming on the family farm where he was born and raised.  He also worked for Lindsey Childers doing TV repair and setup.  Howell was a member of the Chambersburg Christian Church where he was an Elder in earlier years and volunteered many hours.  He loved farming and continued to work until his body didn’t allow him to anymore, but was still planting corn in his mind.  Howell did carpentry work, adding on rooms in his home and always repaired what needed fixed.  He was a collector and tinkerer as well.  Howell dearly loved his wife, and enjoyed their evenings spent going out to eat as well as travelling around the country to visit family.  He liked to visit with anyone he could, but he especially enjoyed spending time with his grandkids.  He also loved to hunt and fish. Howell sometimes lacked a filter, but made up for it with his honest opinions and his family will miss him very much.

He is survived by his loving wife of 75 years, Martha Jean Browning; a son, Robert (Cari) Browning in Perry, IL; five daughters, Vivian (Roger) Smith of Perry, IL, Winifred (Roger) Goodman of O’Fallon, IL, Jane (Steve) Coleman of Glasford, IL, Judy (Dennis) Douglas of Pittsfield, IL and Mary Coultas of Pittsfield, IL; fifteen grandchildren; thirty-two great grandchildren; one great great grandchild; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins; and many in-laws.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Russell and Elma Browning; in-laws, Herbert & Velma Ballard; granddaughter, Kaylynn Browning; daughter-in-law, Susan Browning; son-in-law, Roger Coultas; granddaughter-in-law, Robyn Smith; and two sisters, Evelyn (Cleo) Davis and Ruth (Howard) Roosa.

Graveside services will be held on Saturday, August 1, 2020 at 10:30 AM at the historic Calhoun Cemetery on the family farm near Chambersburg.  Memorials are suggested to be made to Calhoun Cemetery.  Online condolences may be left to the family at Niebur Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Charitable donations may be made in Russell's memory to the following organization:

Calhoun Cemetery
Chambersburg, IL

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Chris and DeAnna Williams
   Posted Wed July 29, 2020
So sorry to hear of your father's passing. I want all of you girls and your mom to know we are holding you in our heart and lifting you up in prayer. Cherish the memories! Sending love and hugs, Chris and DeAnna

Linda Lothridge
   Posted Thu July 30, 2020
Sending prayers of comfort and hugs. This man has touched a lot of people with his big heart and will be greatly missed. He always knew how to make me smile

Barbara Goertz
   Posted Thu July 30, 2020
Sorry to here of his passing, I don't know him but I know Judy, God Bless you all in your loss.

Janice Swartz
   Posted Thu July 30, 2020
Sorry for the loss of your father.

Roger and Tina Hall
   Posted Thu July 30, 2020
Sending our deepest sympathies at the loss of your loved one.

Lew & Donna Wade
   Posted Thu July 30, 2020
Our thoughts and prayers are with all the family. God bless you and give you peace.

Christine Schaller
   Posted Thu July 30, 2020
Sorry to read about Hal’s passing. He is loved by so many. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Be sure and hug your mom a lot.

Ken & Becky Marold and family
   Posted Thu July 30, 2020
Our thoughts and prayers for your family.

Bill and barb thiele
   Posted Thu July 30, 2020
So very sorry for the loss of your dad. He was quite a guy. Hugs and prayers for all of you.

Linda Barker
   Posted Thu July 30, 2020
So sorry for your loss. He was very kind to my father, Cecil Kindhart, when he was alive. He would always stop by on Saturdays and take him to lunch.
Very kind man!

Vicki Butler Norris
   Posted Fri July 31, 2020
My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I'm very sorry for your loss.

Davey and Karen Shoemaker
   Posted Fri July 31, 2020
So sorry to hear of Howell's passing. Have good memories of him and Jean. Our condolences and prayers to you all.

garold Shoemaker
   Posted Fri July 31, 2020
Wishing you Peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart.

Craig and Paula McLaughlin
   Posted Fri July 31, 2020
So sorry to hear of Howells passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family
He was a tremendously Christian man who we enjoyed visiting with through the years

Kathy Allen Six
   Posted Sat August 01, 2020
I’m so sorry to learn about your Dad. What a wonderful man and what wonderful memories I have as we all grew up in the Chambersburg church. I know how he will be missed but I’m sure you are are happy to have had all these years with him. My prayers are with you as you say your good byes but I know you share in the idea that we will all be together again some day. Hugs and prayers. Kathy

Bonnie Casteel Long
   Posted Sun August 02, 2020
To Mary, Vivian, Judy, your Mother and families,
You are on my mind at this time in your Dad and Husband having passed.
I recognize his photo tho I did not know him well. I can imagine the Blessing and pride of your family by the many kind words spoken in his favor.
Prayer that God comforts you and Peace is found in warm and pleasant memories.
My Sincere Sympathy,

Agnes Peile
   Posted Mon August 03, 2020
So sorry for your loss. My sympathy to all.

Mary Ann Breckon Marcin
   Posted Tue August 11, 2020
I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your Dad. I have wonderful memories of him and the Chambersburg Christian church . He had a wonderful life at 95 and loved all of you so much . Sending you prayers and love at this difficult time .

Mary Ann Marcin

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