David J. Russell, age 61, passed away on Tuesday at Aurora Medical Center in Kenosha. David was born in Racine on January 16, 1956, son of the late Thomas and Sheila (nee: Cooper) Russell.
Dave attended Walden High School. On August 8, 1981, he was united in marriage to Donna M. Scott. She preceded him in death on June 9th 1989. Dave was a highly skilled mechanic by trade. His passion for wrenching began as a teenager in the driveway of his parents’ home. Soon after that he owned and operated the Pugh service station at 4 Mile and Erie St. in Racine until 1980. He then worked for many years at the Capitol Toyota dealership. He owned and operated The Cornerstone Tavern until September 2013. TD Concrete was his last proprietary undertaking. In retirement Dave spent time on his home improvements and building himself a beautifully outfitted mechanics garage. When he was not working, Dave loved finding time and good weather for his motorcycles. He traveled many miles on two wheels through the years. Dave had wonderful memories from his trips to Sturgis, Daytona bike week and numerous road trips with the guys. Life rewarded Dave with many lifelong friends who have been a family to him.
Dave is mourned by his daughter, Tina (Mark) Walek; grandchildren, Cassandra, Mark, Kendel and Alexandra Walek; sister, Lisa Russell; brother, Gary Russell; nieces Hailey and Hannah, nephew Ian, Aunt Rita(Ed) Johnson Doonan, Uncle Corky Johnson and many many friends.
Relatives and friends may meet with the family at Preservation Hall, 740 Lake Ave on Monday from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. with a time of remembering service to follow at 7:00 p.m.