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Russell "Russ" Allen Painter

July 28, 1935 January 13, 2018
Russell "Russ" Allen Painter
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Obituary for Russell "Russ" Allen Painter
Winnebago – Russell “Russ” Allen Painter, of Winnebago, passed Saturday, January 13, 2018 at Rockford Memorial Hospital. Born in Pineville, MO, the son of James Allen and Clarice Katherine (Russell) Painter. Graduated from Pineville High School in 1951. A veteran of the United States Navy serving from 1952 to 1956. Russ married the love of his life Louise Marie (Gonnerman) Zimmerman. He worked 35 years at Barber-Colman in Rockford as a supervisor in the industrial instrument division. Russ enjoyed raising farm animals, doing mechanical work and working on carpentry projects. He was a jack of all trades and a master of all. A member of St. John Lutheran Church in Pecatonica where he served as an elder and the Eugene J. Barloga American Legion Post #197 in Pecatonica. Russ most enjoyed spending time with his family, tending to his apple orchard, and was the owner and operator of Nana’s Dinner Bell. But most of all he loved helping others.

Russ is lovingly survived by his wife, Louise Painter; children, Lois (Michael) Virtue, Robert “Rob” (Sherri) Zimmerman; grandchildren, Bryan Zimmerman, Charlene (Christopher) Murdakes, Marianne (John) Podraza, Anthony (Michelle) Orlandi, Kaitlin Zimmerman, Kyle Zimmerman; several great-grandchildren, nephews and nieces; special friend Tom Hazzard.

Russ is predeceased by his parents; one brother; three sisters; two sons, Dale Zimmerman, Randy Painter; one daughter, Renee Haven; one grandson Jerry Jeffers.

Funeral service 11:00 a.m. Friday, January 26, 2018, at St. John Lutheran Church, 1301 N. Jackson St., Pecatonica with Rev. Terry L. Theiss officiating. Visitation 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, January 25, 2018, at Genandt Funeral Home, 602 N. Elida St., Winnebago. In lieu of flowers a memorial will be established. Cremation rites to follow the funeral service. For an online obituary and tributes go to
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5:00 PM 1/25/2018 5:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 1/25/2018 7:00:00 PM
Genandt Funeral Home

602 N. Elida St.
Winnebago, IL 61088

Genandt Funeral Home
602 N. Elida St. Winnebago 61088 IL
United States

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11:00 AM 1/26/2018 11:00:00 AM
St. John Lutheran Church

1301 N. Jackson St.
Pecatonica, IL 61063

Cremation rites to follow the funeral service.

St. John Lutheran Church
1301 N. Jackson St. Pecatonica 61063 IL
United States

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To be established.


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