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“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...Read More »
1 of 14 | Posted by: Kailei (Davis) Hogan - Homewood, AL

“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...Read More »
2 of 14 | Posted by: A friend

“Russell was beloved and will be missed. Deep sympathies from his classmates AHS 83. ”
3 of 14 | Posted by: Cindi Donaghy - Ankeny, IA

“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...Read More »
4 of 14 | Posted by: Ray Cervetti - Johnston, IA

“So very sorry Lisa. Praying for you and your family ”
5 of 14 | Posted by: Todd Reynolds - Redfield, IA

“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'...Read More »
6 of 14 | Posted by: Deb McCleary - Ankeny, IA

“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...Read More »
7 of 14 | Posted by: Verlyn and Louise Noring - Waukee, IA

“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...Read More »
8 of 14 | Posted by: Shawn Roskilly - Pleasant Hill, IA

“Lori, Know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. ”
9 of 14 | Posted by: Jenny Foutch - Creston, IA

“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...Read More »
10 of 14 | Posted by: Vivian (Smith) Leonard - Grimes, IA

“I am so very sorry! My heart breaks for your family, but I know that Gods peace is with you all. ”
11 of 14 | Posted by: Michelle Spahr Ling - Friend

“Too soon gone, but to the Father certainly. God bless and comfort the family. ”
12 of 14 | Posted by: Ronald Huber - Ankeny, IA

“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!! ”
13 of 14 | Posted by: Todd Major - Elkhart, IA - Friend

“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....Read More »
14 of 14 | Posted by: Sheti Abarr - Melbourne, FL


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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.