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.


Condolence & Memory Journal

I'll never forget his tenacity in the wrestling room or on the matt. He was always one of the first ones to practice, and his sweet smile and nature were so genuine. My condolences.

Posted by Kailei (Davis) Hogan - Homewood, AL - Friend   November 20, 2019

Years ago Russell's dad, Ron loaned our family his speed boat when we vacationed at Clear Lake. It was the highlight of our trips. Our dad, Bill Duff, worked at the DM Register and Tribune with Ron. I was saddened to see that this fine young man had died much too young. Knowing the graciousness of his dad and mom, and reading his obituary and remembrances of friends, I can tell the kind of good man, Russell was , and that he will be greatly missed.
May God bless you in your sorrow and happiness in your memories. Your beloved Russell will always live in your hearts.
With sincere sympathy, Kathy (Duff) DePhilips and siblings.

Posted by A friend   June 02, 2019

Russell was beloved and will be missed. Deep sympathies from his classmates AHS 83.

Posted by Cindi Donaghy - Ankeny, IA - Classmate   June 01, 2019

Laura, LaRon, LeAnna, & Lori,
I am so sorry to hear about the loss
of Russell. I did not have Russell in class but I do have the very fondest memories of all four of you. May the peace of the Lord be with you and your family at this difficult time.

Posted by Ray Cervetti - Johnston, IA - Friend   June 01, 2019

So very sorry Lisa. Praying for you and your family

Posted by Todd Reynolds - Redfield, IA - Family   May 31, 2019

Lisa, Laura, Jessie, John and all of Russ' family,

I am still numb and in shock after hearing about Russ' death. Too young, too soon!

We loved Russ' smile that was always presentt and his fun loving spirit with John and his friends.

Paul is too far away to pay his respects, but he wanted you to know how he appreciated Russ helping him when others were squirting him at a sleepover. It seems like a small thing, but Paul admired Russ' firmness without being too strict.
Paul called him a "stand up" man. We agree wholeheartedly.

I am praying for all of you in this most difficult time!

Posted by Deb McCleary - Ankeny, IA - Friend   May 31, 2019

Laura and Lisa, you have our deepest sympathy. Every time you mentioned Russell we could see and feel your love for your son and husband. He will surely be missed by your family and his friends.

Posted by Verlyn and Louise Noring - Waukee, IA   May 31, 2019

I had the honor of working for Russ many years ago. He's always been someone I have looked up to and aspired to be like in my own career. His work ethic and willingness to help others was second to none. He will be missed, but not forgotten. RIP buddy.

Posted by Shawn Roskilly - Pleasant Hill, IA - Coworker   May 31, 2019

Lori, Know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Jenny Foutch - Creston, IA - Acquaintance   May 31, 2019

Lori Clel and family,
We are so sorry for your sudden loss. Russell sounds like an amazing man. We're keeping you all in our prayers.
Vivian and Tim Leonard

Posted by Vivian (Smith) Leonard - Grimes, IA - Family Friend   May 31, 2019

I am so very sorry! My heart breaks for your family, but I know that Gods peace is with you all.

Posted by Michelle Spahr Ling - Friend   May 31, 2019

Too soon gone, but to the Father certainly. God bless and comfort the family.

Posted by Ronald Huber - Ankeny, IA - Friend   May 31, 2019

Prayers to all of Russell's family and friends. Great guy and can't believe I have to be saying this. RIP Russell, one of the best!!

Posted by Todd Major - Elkhart, IA - Friend   May 31, 2019

Lisa and family,
The kids and I still cannot believe Russell is gone. He was a wonderful husband, father and friend...he will be missed by many. Please accept our mist sincere sympathy.

Posted by Sheti Abarr - Melbourne, FL - Friend   May 30, 2019