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Russell L. Marxen

RUSSELL L. MARXEN age 85, beloved husband for 56 years of Audrey (nee Zipperle); loving father of Lee, Todd (wife Maribeth) and Sara Marxen (husband Jon Sjothun); devoted grandfather of 7; dearest brother of the late Merle.

Russell was born on December 20, 1933 in Cleveland and died peacefully on January 14, 2019 of complications from mesothelioma. A longtime resident of Cleveland’s East side, Russ is survived by his loving wife Audrey, his three children Lee, Todd (Maribeth), Sara (Jon) Sjothun and seven grandchildren, Charles, Brittany, Leah, Mathias, Lauren, Aidan and Eoin. He is preceded in death by his brother Merle Marxen (Marilyn) and his parents Mathias and Olive (Garinger). Russ was an adventurer who enjoyed the bounty of the world, from dancing, skiing and golfing to the outdoors and travel; he was game for everything. He thoroughly enjoyed his children and grandchildren and could be counted on for a fun day out at every visit. He and Audrey had so many adventures in their 56 years of marriage. A proud graduate of East High School, he later earned a BSBA from Cleveland State University.  Drafted into the US Army after college he was stationed in Washington State.  After his military obligation, he worked for 30 years for the Weatherhead Co. as regional sales manager in St Louis, MO and later as the division sales manager in Cleveland. He received his MBA in 1983 from Bowling Green State University. After retirement, he worked as a salesman at IWI Inc for his longtime friend. Russ was an avid DIYer, assisting his kids with their many home projects, refinishing beautiful furniture for his family and in his later years, took up stained glass. Russ volunteered his time at many social and art based programs including the Habitat for Humanity, Cleveland Museum of Art, and Holden Arboretum.  He was also a supporter of Cleveland’s performing arts and the Metro Parks System. Always curious about how the world worked, his insights, wisdom, and spirit will be dearly missed.

In lieu of flowers or gifts please make a donation in Russ’s name to one of his favorite charities:  Habitat for Humanity: https://www.habitat.org/donate/  ,Cleveland Metro Parks: https://clevelandmetroparks.com/parks/get-involved/donate  , and WKSU public radio: https://www.wksu.org/support/pledge . Cremation by DeJohn Crematory. Celebration of Life Service SUNDAY, February 17, 2019 at Mayfield Church 7747 Mayfield Rd., Chesterland, OH 44026. Visitation will start at 2PM a service will be held at 2:30 pm followed by a reception for friends and family until  approximately 4:30 pm.

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  1. I am so sorry for your loss. Russ was such a sweet, family man! Please accept my condolences. My heart is heavy knowing how much you all will miss him.

  2. Nancy and Hal West

    Audrey……
    I was devastated when I read this morning that Russ had gone on to the great beyond. Hal and I thought he was a very special man and always enjoyed being with him. Sorry we cannot make a condolence call, but please know that you and your family are in our hearts and prayers.

  3. Dear Sara, We are very sorry to hear about your father’s passing. We hope he is resting in peace and both, you and your family, are well, despite this sad moment. We send you a big hug Gabriela, Raimundo and me.

  4. Perry and Diane Greer

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Marxen family. We have known Russ since our children were together as neighbors on Colony Drive and at Millridge School. Russ was always an “upbeat” person with a great attitude and personality. His glass was always “half full” and he was great to be around. He will be missed.

  5. Dear Audrey and Family:
    Sending my deepest sympathy to you and your family. I will pray for Russ and for courage and strength for you to continue on. Also sending condolences from the Maple Heights Class of 1952.
    Marilyn Olsen

  6. Cynthia Chadderton Levine

    Will miss you so much Uncle Russ, thank you for being you. I love your smile, it surely lit up a room. Kent & Cynthia (Chadderton) Levine

    Love you forever,
    Kent, Cynthia, Chad & Michelle

  7. Cynthia Chadderton Levine

    Dear Aunt Audrey and Family,

    Cannot imagine your sorrow at this time, we pray for peace for you all. Uncle Russ always seemed to be a very happy man and I know he loved you all dearly. Love, Kent, Cynthia, Chad & Michelle

  8. My sincerest condolences for Russ (RIP), I would love to have met him. My very best to the family and deepest sympathy from Mary and I.

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