In Memory

Russ W. Courter

Russell W. Courter Sr., 71, of Sherrard, passed away Friday, March 8, 2019 at his residence. 

                No services will be held, cremation rites have been accorded per his wishes.   Memorials in his memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or to Q.C. Paws. 

                Russell was born on April 21, 1947 in Moline, the son of Dale and Eleanor (Brust) Courter.  He married Barbara Talik on April 23, 1966 at Sacred Heart, Moline.  Russell was a truck driver for Roadway for 13 years, and was part of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters for 30 years.  He was an avid hunter and loved being out in nature.  Russell cherished the time he spent with his family and friends.  He was a big St. Louis Cardinals fan and enjoyed coaching baseball when his sons were younger.

                Russell is survived by his wife, Barb Courter, Sherrard; Russell W. (Rhonda) Courter Jr., Peoria, IL, and Todd (Dalila) Courter, Milan; and grandchildren, Brycie (Danny) Weiden, Britta Courter, Seth Courter, and Gabe Courter.  He was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers, Dale and Don Courter.

                Russell’s family would like to give a special thank you to the staff of Unity Point Hospice for all the care and compassion they gave Russell and family during this time.

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03/12/19 10:01 PM #1    

Mike Best

Russ was my Molette bud along with Ronnie Harrison, Rick Countryman and Pierce Myers. We got together often to play broom stick wiffle ball off the Mollette house of choice that particular day, (you had to call out the right window to hit for a home run!). We played for hours and included his older brother Dale and my older brother Ron.  He was a great kid and friend that I lost track of when I left Moline so many years ago to join the service.  I will always have very fond memories of him.  

03/14/19 08:04 PM #2    

Vicki Morrison (Thurman)

Russ was the love of my life in Mrs. Harrington's 5th grade class.  I loved all of our Molette gang, but he has always held a special place in my heart.  RIP good buddy!!

03/15/19 09:59 AM #3    

Pierce Myers

I certainly understand why Russ was the "love your life" Vicki. Handsome, easy going, wryly humourous with that slanted smile, he was very special. Mike thanks for those whiffle ball memories. I would love to tell him today how much I liked him. Ronnie, MIke and I have mused about a Molette reunion, but never got off our duffs to do anything about it. That will change with the 2020 class reunion (I promise), so Moletters plan to arrive a day early. We have a great group and we had a great time and have great friendships. RIP Russ. You are neat.





03/16/19 11:20 AM #4    

Linda L. Beardslee (Van Landuyt)

Yes, a Moletters' reunion would be great.  I hope to make the trip back for 2020.  Russ will be deeply missed by all.

03/17/19 09:01 PM #5    

Dennis Boone

Russ was a friend starting back in kindergarden at Washington Grade School, we lived a couple of houses away from each other. He and his brother Don were in the cub scouts together along with Bill Seller, Dave Warren, Dale Aten, Ron Harrison and myself and others from molette.We played baseball and was active in the dads club team for several years. During high school Russ and I hunted and fished together.He was a Pal.

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