Darrell Wylie Russell, 45, of Lawson, Mo., passed away Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at his parents home in Fairland, Okla.
Darrell was born May 27, 1972, in Afton, Okla., to Tom and Twylla Russell of Fairland, Okla. He married Christy Hayden, July 2, 2005 at Salem Christian Union Church, where he is a member.
Darrell graduated Lawson High School, 1990, and acquired his associate degree in culinary arts at the Scottsdale Culinary Arts Institute in 1993.
He started his culinary career as a Sous Chef at Shangri-La Resort, Afton, Okla., then promoted to head Banquet Chef. He had also worked as Executive Chef at Stone Point Super Club, on the movie set of “The Nutty Professor”, The Elms Hotel, owner of The Hillbilly Grill, Paradise Playhouse food and beverage director, Cameron Correctional Center, Chef at Mulligans Eatery & Pub, and made a full circle and was back as Head Banquet Chef at Shangri-La.
Darrell was a kid at heart, he never missed an opportunity to push a swing, bake a cake, throw a ball or dance with his nieces. A natural comedian, tell jokes and limericks similar to Dr. Seuss, dressing the part for every birthday party theme and karaoke.
He was an adventure seeker; bungee jumps, rip cords, zip lines, skydiving, river rafting and travel.
He pitched and played centerfield in baseball and was a 3rd Degree black belt in Karate.
Darrell was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, John Wylie and Grace Russell, maternal grandparents, Jim and Lorene McCoin; step grandpa, Relmond Mason; one great aunt, Jesse Davis; two aunts, Mary Shesser and Marsha Thomas; and two uncles, Glenn Russell and John Russell.
He is survived by his wife; parents; sister, Sherry Russell; two sons, Dustin and William (Buddy); two nieces, Hunter Teegarden (his favorite), Logan Teegarden (his favorite); and one great niece, Aubree Green (the true favorite).
Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Saturday, January 27, 2018 at Lawson Baptist Church, 18603 N. 69 Hwy, Lawson, Mo., with service following. In lieu of flowers the family suggest donations to Salem Church or the Lawson Youth Baseball association.
Arrangements in care of Bross & Spidle Funeral Home, Excelsior Springs.
Our Sincere Condolences
Christy, it has been awhile since I have seen you. I worked with you at Seaport Family care. I just want to tell you I am thinking of you and my prayers are with you and your boys right now. May God comfort you during this difficult time.