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Russell Coburn, 85, of South Point, Ohio, went to be with the Lord Monday, April 17, 2017, at his residence.
He was born July 14, 1931, a son of the late Charles and Shirley Wright Coburn. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Della Claris Offill Coburn; and four brothers, Joe Coburn, Carl Coburn, Ralph Coburn and Bill Coburn.
He was a charter member and Deacon with First Southern Baptist Church and was retired from American Electric Power. His 27 year career with AEP started in 1966 as a chemist trainee in the Huntington office. He went on to found AEP's General Office Environmental Department.
Prior to his career with AEP, Russ taught chemistry, biology and physics for six years in the Symmes Valley School District.
Russ is survived by his children, Catherine Annette Coburn of South Point, Diana (Brian "Woody") Woodyard of Chesapeake and David Russell (Paula) Coburn of Franklin Furnace, Ohio; four sisters, Dorothy Meredith of Calif., Shirley Haines of Russellville, Anna Lou Robinson of Deering, Ohio and Jennifer (Jerry) Vaughn of Ironton, Ohio; three grandchildren, Michael (Miranda), Gerrica and Shayna; and two great-grandchildren, Landon Michael and Aaliyah Claire.
Funeral services will be at noon Friday, April 21, 2017, at First Southern Baptist Church in South Point with the Rev. Randy Tait and Pastor Paul Michael Booth officiating. Burial will be in Highland Memorial Gardens in South Point.
Friends may call after 11 a.m. Friday at the church.
Slack and Wallace Funeral Home in South Point is in charge of arrangements.
Russ had a passion for missions to help spread the Word of God throughout his life.
The family would like to give special thanks to caregivers, Cheryl and Teresa and to Community Hospice in Ashland.
Condolences may be left at slackandwallace.com.
Published on April 18, 2017
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