Russell Lowell Taylor

Russell Lowell Taylor, born March 25, 1956, passed away on Dec. 27, 2020, of cancer. Russell was surrounded by his loving family while under hospice care. Services will be held at a later date due to Covid restrictions.

He was born in Shelby, Mont., to Elsie and Robert Taylor. He joined big sister, Roberta, brother, Joe, and sister, Mary. Russ grew up in Shelby. After graduating, he joined the Army and served for four years in Lawton, Okla. and Germany. 

Russ had two children, daughter, Bonnie, and son, Raymond. He worked hard his whole life doing construction and driving truck. While working as a property caretaker in Great Falls, Russ was honored by the Cascade County Sheriff’s department with a Lifesaving Commendation after he selflessly helped to rescue his neighbors from a burning house in 2018. 

Russ was a fan of NASCAR and Griz football. He loved working, living on the river and sharing fun with family members. 

He is survived by his sisters, Roberta (Lindsay) Klingler and Mary (Michael) Brown; brother, Joe; children, Bonnie (Jeff) Hunter and Raymond (Jennifer) Taylor; grandchildren, Christian (Kristina), Brianna, Kyra, Damon, Jaxon, Alex, Kayla, Kameon, Kyra; great-grandchildren, Sammuel, Madison and Paisley; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother and stepfather, Elsie and Ray Robbins; and granddaughter, McKenna Eide. 

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