Joseph F. Russell

Joseph F. Russell, 71, a resident of Highland Falls, NY passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Sunday, July 19, 2020 at the Fishkill Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing in Beacon, NY. Born on June 15, 1949 in New York, NY, he was the son of the late Howard Russell & Catherine Loretta Bell.

Joseph served his country proudly in the United States Army during the Vietnam War, he enlisted in 1968 and received an honorable discharge in 1971.

Joe worked for many years as a therapeutic aide at the Taconic DDSO in Wassaic, NY; helping those with developmental disabilities and being an advocate for them he truly enjoyed.

Joe had a love for simple things in life. He enjoyed fishing and horse racing at OTB, but mostly he enjoyed his time spent with his family.

Joseph is survived by his longtime companions of 26-years, Irene Nuss. He is also survived by his 5 sons and 5 daughters: Karen Russell, Joseph Russell Jr., Daniel Russell, John Russell, James Russell, Chelsea Russell, Robert Russell, Bridget Russell, Gina Marcella and Alexis Pasquarella. And his 15 grandchildren & 1 great-grandchild.

He was predeceased by 1 son, Timothy Russell; and his 2 brothers & 1 sister.

His Family will gather privately for a military honor tribute by the United States Army Honor Guard at the LIBBY FUNERAL HOME, 55 Teller Avenue, Beacon, NY. For those friends who wished to extend their condolences and thoughts with the family, please visit:

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  1. Denise says:

    Sending love and prayers. Uncle Joey you will be missed xoxoxoxo

  2. Margie Kenny- Swartz says:

    A very strong and courageous man you were Joe. I’m very sad you had to leave all your loved ones. You will be missed

  3. Emese Russell says:

    There are truly no words to describe how empty we all feel..Your passing has left a huge void in those who love you….may that void be filled with wonderful memories and may we all remember how you lived for and loved your children…you were a great dad…a wonderful loyal friend and a funny funny intelligent caring individual…we are all going to miss your presence in our lives…i know your in great company now..the angels have gained one more good one…you earned those wings…
    Always and forever you will remain in each of our hearts..Rest in peace…

  4. Kathy Palma and Family says:

    Joey Russel was a sensitive and kind man. His love for my nephew has always been apparent. It’s clear that John Russel has inherited the “likeability” trait of his dad. His love lives on on John and his other children. May he Rest In Peace.

  5. Patrick Diorio says:

    Sending all my love and prayers .You will be missed dearly

  6. Joseph & Caroline Fleischman says:

    We met him and spoke with him briefly at John and Juliana,wedding we enjoyed his conversation, and the caring, he had for his family.
    We are sure he will be missed by his entire family.

  7. Joe and Caroline Fleischman says:

    We first met Joe, at John and Juliana wedding, we spoke briefly, and we can see how much he cared for his family,
    They will all miss him, Rest In Peace

  8. Stephanie Russell says:

    I love you grandpa more than words can express 💔🤞🏽❤️

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