Russell Zavalney, 85, of Butte and Velva, died Wednesday, July 17, 2013, at a Minot nursing home.
Russell was born Jan. 7, 1928, in Dogden Township, near Butte, to John and Daisy (Kankovsky) Zavalney. Russell was educated at Butte Public School and attended the Christian Faith Church.
He assisted his parents on the family farm until Dec. 9, 1955, when he entered the Navy. He served for two years and was stationed at Base Long Beach, Calif. (Tug Boat 266). After his discharge on Dec. 9, 1957, he returned and farmed on the family farm. During those years he also worked for McLean County as a road grader/snow remover. Russell was once married to Elaine Zacher.
In 1991, Russell moved to his brother's farm. Later he became a resident of the Souris Valley Care Center in Velva, then the Brentmoor Assisted Living in Minot, and finally the ManorCare Health Services in Minot.
Russell was a member of the Eagles Aerie of Minot. He enjoyed the American way of life and nature.
Russell is survived by: his brother, Clarence (Joyce) Zavalney, Velva; and his sisters, Emma "Dusty" Grabowski, Mission Viejo, Calif., and Delphine "Dee" (Delbert) Bauer, Butte; six nieces, three nephews, many great-nieces and great-nephews, and cousins.
Russell was preceded in death by his parents, John and Daisy (Kankovsky) Zavalney.
Funeral service: 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 24, 2013, at Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.
Interment: Butte Cemetery, Butte, Wednesday at 11:45 a.m. with military honors.
Fellowship: Butte American Legion Hall, following the graveside service.
Visitation: Tuesday, July 23, from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.
Those wishing to sign the online memorial register or share memories and condolences are invited to use the expressions of sympathy section at (www.thomasfamilyfuneralhome.com).