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ANACONDA – Ron Russell, 46, of Anaconda, died tragically in an avalanche near Anaconda on Saturday, May 3, 2014. He was born in Gilford, New Hampshire, on May 8, 1967, to Ronald and Marilynn Russell. He was raised and educated in Missoula.

In 1988, Ron entered the U.S. Coast Guard, where he served four years as an electronics technician. He graduated from Montana States University with honors in electrical engineering in 1992. He worked as an electrical engineer for ASiMI in Moses Lake, Washington, before transferring to Butte to be closer to his family.

Ron then switched directions and obtained a secondary teaching degree. He taught math at Powell County High School for three years, before returning to the silicon business as a consultant. During this time, he also worked for the Office of Public Instruction on Graduation Matters. Ron felt honored this year to be able to reconnect with his real love – teaching. He put his heart and soul into teaching math at Anaconda High School.

He was active in the Anaconda Leadership Academy, Graduation Matters Executive High School Committee, Graduation Matters Anaconda High School Team and as the president of Rotary.

Ron’s children were the most important thing to him, followed closely by skiing and his passion in working with the youth of Anaconda. His compassion, caring and leadership skills were beyond compare. “Ron made us want to be better people.”

Ron is survived by his wife, Kathleen; his beloved and adored children, Nikolas and Anna Rose of Anaconda; his sister, Becky Russell (Terry) and nephews Nathan and Alex; and parents, Ron and Marilynn Russell, all of Missoula; and his mother-in-law, Rosemary Kent of Lewistown.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents.

A college fund has been set up for Ron’s children, Nikolas and Anna, at the First Montana Bank of Anaconda at 123 Main St., Anaconda, MT 59711.

Celebration of life services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, at the Anaconda High School gymnasium.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Longfellow-Finnegan-Riddle Funeral Home and one hour prior to the services Wednesday at the Anaconda High School gymnasium.

Longfellow-Finnegan-Riddle Funeral Home and Crematory Services are entrusted with Ron’s funeral arrangements.

You may pay your condolences at longfellowfinneganriddle.com.

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