Russell Angelo Benjamin

  • Born: July 20, 1965
  • Died: May 28, 2019
  • Location: Ankeny, Iowa

Memorial Services of Iowa

4208 North Ankeny Blvd.
Ankeny, IA 50023
Tel. (515) 964-0592

Tribute & Message From The Family

Russell Angelo Benjamin 53, of Ankeny IA passed away on May 28th, 2019 at Lake Thunderhead in Unionville Missouri. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, June 1st, at the Ankeny First United Methodist Church (206 S.W. Walnut). A visitation will be held from 4 – 7:00 p.m., Friday, May 31st at the Ankeny First United Methodist Church.

Russell was born in Des Moines to Ronald and Laura (Brugioni) Benjamin. He grew up in Ankeny and graduated from Ankeny High School in 1983. During his youth, he enjoyed participating in football and wrestling for the Ankeny Hawks. He was also an active 4-H and FFA member.

He married Lisa Ritchhart in 1990 and they raised two children John Russell and Jessica Rose. He was a proud grandpa to Ellie Ann Mikesell. Russell was very active and enjoyed spending time with his family outdoors and participating in motor sports with his kids.

Russell was a servant of the Lord. He was always there to help others. He loved his family and close friends. Most people who knew Russell have something special that he made for them. He was a very talented and generous man and earned the nick name the Energizer Bunny for his work ethic. He worked at Technical Services Inc. in Ames as a foreman for most of his career. He also enjoyed working on projects at Huber Grading.

Russell is survived by his wife of 29 years, Lisa; 2 children, Jessica (Blake) Mikesell, John Benjamin (Lauren Benson), mother Laura Benjamin, Sisters Lori (Clel) Herr, and LeAnna (Doug) Hoyt; LaRon (Ron) Garlock and many treasured nieces and nephews. He is reunited in heaven with his father Ronald Benjamin and the family pet Emma Jean.