Russell "Gene" Fessenden, 70, of Palmyra, passed away Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, at Missouri Veterans Home in Mexico.

Russell "Gene" Fessenden, 70, of Palmyra, passed away Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, at Missouri Veterans Home in Mexico.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, at the Lewis Brothers Funeral Chapel in Palmyra. Pastor Mark Carpenter will officiate. Burial with full military rites will be at Greenwood Cemetery in Palmyra. The Lewis Brothers Funeral Chapel in Palmyra is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until time of service on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, at Lewis Brothers Funeral Chapel in Palmyra.

Gene was born April 4, 1948, in Hannibal to Forrest  Russell and Opal F. Webb Fessenden.

He was married to Sandra J. Epperson on Dec. 4, 1970, at the Methodist Church in Palmyra. She survives.

Other survivors include two sons, Doug Fessenden (Kelley), Sedalia, and Brian Fessenden (Kim), Palmyra; one sister, Sue Franklin, New London; two grandchildren, Brooklyn Fessenden and Dallas McKenzie; and six grandpuppies, Emmie Grace, Izzy Jane, Bentley Adam, Oliver Eugene, Trooper Fernando, and Keylo Graham Fessenden.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Gene worked mowing Greenwood Cemetery during high school. After graduation he worked at the lumber yard in Palmyra. He served in the U.S. Army from 1967 to 1969, during the Vietnam War era. In July 1970, he went to work as a repairman for the phone company in Palmyra, retiring in 2000.

He was a member of both the VFW and American Legion Boots Dickson Post No. 174 in Palmyra.

He enjoyed St. Louis Blues hockey games and St. Louis Cardinals baseball.

Gene was Christian by faith.

Memorials made by made to Missouri Veterans Home in Mexico.

Pallbearers will be Billy Fessenden, John Franklin, Wayne Franklin, Nick Yager, Shelby Pugh and Gary Coleman.

Honorary pallbearers will be Bobby Goodwin, Wayne Snodgrass, Del Buckman, Jim Church, Donnie Fessenden, Ray Fessenden, Gary Crane, Joe Swearengen, Melvin Gordon, Wendell Hoehne and Kenny Kroencke.

Online condolences may be made at www.lewisbrothersfuneralchapel.com.