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Donald G. Russell, 75, died June 13, 2014, at St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings. He was born March 15, 1939, in Lincoln, Neb., the son of Robert and Ruby “Coker” Russell. He has been a Billings resident for 28 years.

Don received his education in Lincoln. He served in the U.S. Navy as a jet mechanic for two years. He was employed with the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company and was co-owner of Howard and Russell Contractors. He also managed Lawnco Lawn Service, all in Lincoln.

Don moved from Nebraska to Billings in 1986 and started Meadow Green Lawn Service. He later began selling Walker Mowers and started Meadow Green Sales and Service. Don was an honest, hardworking, successful, self-taught businessman, always putting his business and customers first. Don married Elaine Wentland May 3, 1980, in Lincoln on what would have been his parents’ 50th anniversary.

Don is survived by his wife, Elaine; son Craig Russell, of Billings; daughter Tina Russell, of Lincoln; three grandchildren, Jordon, Dylan and Keenen Russell, all of Lincoln; nephew Marshall (Linda) Russell; nieces Karen (Keith) Eurich, of Lincoln; Susan (Willie) Lind of Lakewood, Calif. He was preceded in death by his parents, and brother Vernon Russell.

Don was a warm, kind, caring, generous and patriotic man. His quick wit and great sense of humor made strangers and customers into friends quickly. Don loved his family, many friends, all animals, his business, and enjoyed his customers. He lived to work. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him well.

Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Memorial Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Dahl Funeral Chapel. Memorials may be given to the American Lung Association. Memories may be shared with the family at

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