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LILYDALE, Minn. — Russell Culver, Age 92, of Lilydale, Minnesota, and was a former Baker resident.

Born May 4, 1926 in Cooperstown, North Dakota, he was the only child of Vernon and Florence Culver. He and his parents moved to Richey when he was ten years old where he attended school and graduated from Richey High School in 1944. Soon afterwards, Russ enlisted in the U.S. Air Corps, serving two years and was honorably discharged at Fort Lewis, Washington, in 1946. He then began his classes at the University of Montana in Missoula and graduated from Law School on June 5, 1950.

That same year, Russ came to Baker where he started working with Al Hanson Law Firm. On June 5, 1955, Russ married Virginia Rae Brayton in Baker. Russ purchased the Fallon County Abstract Company and operated the two businesses of abstract plant and law practice until July 1998. He served as city attorney from 1950 to 2011, a period of 61 years. He served on the Fallon County Planning Board where he and others were instrumental in establishing KFLN Radio Station in Baker. Russ also served on the school board, was an active member of the American Lutheran Church in Baker, a member of the American Bar Association and the Montana Bar Association.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Virginia; two sons: Brett (Janice) of West St. Paul, Minnesota, Brad (Jean) of Princeton, Minnesota; and one daughter, Brenda (Andy) Wade of Vernon Hills, Illinois. In addition, there are two much loved grandchildren, Korissa Culver and Jared (fiancé Lindsey Scheel) Culver.

Should friends desire, the Family suggests expressions of sympathy may be in the form of a contribution to American Lutheran Church in Baker, MT, 59313 or to St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church at 1575 Charlton St., West St. Paul, MN 55118. Funeral service 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, 1575 Charlton St., West St. Paul, MN. Visitation at church 1 hour prior to service. Internment at Riverview Cemetery in West St. Paul.

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