Russel L. Barron, 85

June 21, 2011

SEPT. 15, 1925-JUNE 21, 2011

Russel Lee Barron, 85, of Martinsburg, W.Va., passed away at Heartland Nursing Home, under the care of Hospice of the Panhandle, on Tuesday, June 21, 2011.

Born Sept. 15, 1925, in Jefferson County, W.Va., he was the son of the late Lloyd E. Barron and Elsie Creamer Barron.

Russel is survived by his wife of 39 years, Mildred L. Barron.

He was a member of Calvary United Methodist Church.

Russel served 20 years in the U.S. Army, retiring in 1965. He served in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.

Russel worked for the U.S. Postal Service in Martinsburg, and retired in 1990 after 23 years of service.

He was a life member of VFW Post 896, a life member of DAV Chapter 8, American Legion Post 14, Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 120, AMVETS Post 38 and Elks Lodge 778, all of Martinsburg. He also was a member of American Legion Post 202 and The Improved Order of Red Men Tribe 84, both of Williamsport, Md.

Russel is survived by two stepsons, Richard L. Gosnell of Martinsburg and Larry R. Gosnell of Centreville, Va.; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. The last of his immediate family, he leaves behind four nephews, Dennis and Lloyd Barron, and Steve and Ben Hutzler; and two nieces, Marva Barron and Diane Fulk.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Lyle "Buddy" Barron, Lloyd "Brother" Barron and Marvin Barron; and one sister, Katherine "Sis" Hutzler.

Friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, June 23, 2011, at Rosedale Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be at Rosedale Funeral Home on Thursday, June 23, 2011, at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Albert Clipp officiating. Interment will follow at Rosedale Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Calvary United Methodist Church, 220 W. Burke St., Martinsburg, WV 25401-3322; or to Hospice of the Panhandle, 122 Waverly Court, Martinsburg, WV 25401.

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