Russell L. Gorsett, age 85, of Yankton, South Dakota, died Monday, February 26, 2018, at Avera Majestic Bluffs Hospice House in Yankton.
Due to the weather the funeral services will be moved to 11:00 AM on Wednesday, March 7, 2018, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Yankton, South Dakota with Reverend Kwen Sanderson officiating. Burial will be in the Yankton City Cemetery in Yankton, South Dakota. Visitation is from 5:00 to 7:00 PM on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton.
Pallbearers are: Karl Robinson, Bob South, Jim Fridgen, Jon Fridgen, Mike Pellicotte, Nick Pellicotte, and Pat Holzer.
Russell Leonard Gorsett was born May 1, 1932, in Volin, South Dakota to Leonard and Thora (Moshus) Gorsett. He was baptized and confirmed in the Volin Lutheran Church and graduated from Volin High School in 1950. In 1954, he married Carol Kjonegaard in Volin and they were the parents of two daughters: Connie and Cheryl. In 1955, the family moved to California where Russ worked as a diesel mechanic at Standard Oil, then driving truck, and eventually owned and operated his own business, Russ's Truck and Tire Service. While living in California his hobby was driving racecars, and throughout his life, enjoyed watching NASCAR on television. In 1980, he moved to Yankton, South Dakota and was employed at Bomgaars until his retirement. In 1984, he married Eunice Larsen; who died in 2001. In 2007, he married Lavonne Sykora; who died in 2012.
Russ loved playing cards, visiting, and mercilessly (but lovingly) teasing his family and friends. He took great pride in his hand-crafted woodworking projects. His dog "Lucky" brought him years of joy. In his retirement years his summers were occupied with tending over 50 rhubarb plants and selling his harvest.
Survivors include his two daughters: Connie (Brian) Sharp of Pinole, California and Cheryl Maguire of Chico, California; two grandsons: Jason and Jeremy Maguire and their families of California; Three sisters: Darlene (Bob) South of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; JoAnn( Jim) Fridgen of Alexandria, Minnesota; and Kathleen Gorsett of Volin, South Dakota; special friend, Betty Herrboldt of Yankton; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his wives.
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we worked together a wonderful man to work with and be around!!He will be sorely missed!!sympathy to his family!!!!
I met Russ nearly six years ago in Rochester in saddest of circumstances and grave loss of our spouses on the same day. We through phone conversations shared our losses, consoled our souls and became friends. I shall miss those weekly visits and would like to extend my condolences to the family. May Russ Rest In Peace and be free of suffering. God called back a special angel.
I first met Russell at one of our fun family reunions. He had a special prize.... a diamond pin!!!! Guess who won it! And quess who still has it!!! A strong man and
Alway a friend to me. The reunions will not be the same without him. But he will be remembered with GREAT STORIES. I'm grateful for mine. God bless our families.
Love Dian Gorsett
I worked with Russ when he delivered Missouri Valley Shoppers to various businesses around Yankton and I worked in the Shopper office. He was always such a happy man with a great sense of humor. My deepest sympathies to his family at this difficult time.
What a great guy. I'll miss you Rusty
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