Idaho County Free Press
September 2, 1954
Submitted by Deb Starr
Ralph V. Russell, 31, White Bird, Passes
Ralph V. Russell, 31, well-known Salmon river Cattleman, son of the late Ralph Russell, died last Wednesday night at the Russell home 10 miles above White Bird.
Death was from the effects of a brain tumor, for which the young rancher had been taking treatments following an operation more than a year ago. He had been in failing health for several months.
Russell was born at the Salmon river ranch Nov. 2, 1922. He attended schools at White bird and spent 2 1/2 years at the University of Idaho. He entered the U.S. navy in 1942, serving in the south pacific for four years, returning home in 1946.
He had been operating the Russell holdings since the death of his father in 1950. The elder Russell was a veteran county commissioner and represented the Salmon river district for man years.
His brother, George Russell, returned a year ago to assist Ralph in operations of the ranch. his mother, Mrs. Ralph russell and the brother survive.
Funeral services were held Saturday morning at 10 at white Bird Catholic church, with the Rev. Fr. T.J. Lafey officiating. Rosary services were recited Friday evening at 7:30. Burial was at White Bird cemetery. The Robertson Funeral Home of Grangeville had charge of the services.
Pallbearers were Cletus Sarbacher, Tammany; Ben Large, Cedric, chamberlin and Calvin wolcott, White Bird; jack Frei, Horseshoe Bend, and R.T. Van Kleeck, Yakima