Russell Rolland Lentz, Jr., 74, of Highland, Illinois, formerly of Grayville, Illinois, died Monday, September 20, 2021, at SSM Health DePaul Hospital in Bridgeton, Missouri. He was born January 23, 1947, in Stockton, Kansas, the son of Russell Rolland Lentz, Sr., and Rose (Traylor) Lentz. He was married to his childhood sweetheart, Deanna (Noel) Lentz, on September 2, 1978, and she survives.
Russell was a maintenance mechanic for the United States Postal Service. He was a United States Army Veteran, and served in Thailand during the Vietnam War. When he lived in Grayville, he was a member of the First Christian Church. He was also a Mason. He enjoyed Ham radios, old cars, motorcycles, playing guitar, camping, telling jokes and he especially treasured spending time with his family.
Survivors include wife Deanna Lentz of Highland; son Russell (Tara) Lentz of Highland; daughters Kimberly (Mike) Feaman of Waterloo, Illinois, Lori (Craig) Spanley of St. Charles, Missouri, Denia Lentz of Jackson, Wyoming; sister-in-law Mayanne Lentz of Grayville; grandchildren Ashley McGee, Zachary McGee, Caitlin Baxter, Michael Spanley, Noah Baxter, Azriel Lentz, and Ariel Lentz.
He is preceded in death by his parents; brother Harold Lentz; and sisters Rosemary Freeman and Mary Kurtz.
Visitation and funeral are Saturday, September 25, 2021, at Cook Funeral Chapel in Grayville. Visitation will be 11 am to 1 pm. Funeral and Masonic Rites will be at 1 pm. Burial with military rites will be in Oak Grove Cemetery in Grayville.
Memorials may be made to: DAV – Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301, or American Parkinson Disease Association, 135 Parkinson Ave. Staten Island, NY 10305. Memorials will be accepted at Cook Funeral Chapel, Grayville.