A man with hands to say hello and hands to seal the deal. Russell David Easey Sr., 82, of Delton, Michigan passed away on May 2, 2021.
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Born March 25th, 1939 in Barry County, Michigan to Richard and Dorothy Easey. Russ is preceded in death by his parents and siblings; Allen, Donna Belle, Martha and Helen Easey. Russ will be dearly missed by his wife of 63 years, Marion L. (Pillars) Easey - married August 10th, 1957, their 4 children: Debi, Russ Jr, Patty and Becky, 9 grandchildren, many great grandchildren, and his lifelong friend, horseman and auctioneer, Lee Sheridan.
Throughout his life, Russ held many positions. He was a livestock dealer, auctioneer, as well as time with Lacey Gravel Company, plus countless odd jobs in-between.
If there was a horse auction at Shipshewana, St. Johns, Sand Lake, Wayland and Lake Odessa Livestock sales, you were sure to see Russ there with a quarter in his hand to flip with you for a dollars.
He filled his days contesting horses, pulling ponies, pulling horses, horse trading and creating lifelong friendships through his infectious laughter and one of a kind story telling (partially due to the, occasionally incoherent, quick speaking of an auctioneer). A conversation with Russ might begin with “Did I tell ya the one about…” followed by many, many words that didn’t quite translate, and ending with giant, rolling belly laughs.
Russ was a livestock farmer through and through. Whether he was on the farm riding a horse drawn spreader, cutting and hauling wood, hauling a full load of livestock to the auctions, or winning awards with his priceless horses, Midnight and Comanche, where Russ was, a horse was never too far away. They were both his passion and his livelihood.
We can describe Russ in many ways, a traditionalist who dealt with cash alone, not putting his trust in banks, weatherman, computers or politicians. A talker, filling all the ears that would listen. A teacher, dealing out lessons about caring, being happy, making good deals and keeping them, and the hard truths of life on a farm. Soft hearted towards the little ones in his life. And compassionate; during the winter storm of 1975, Russ hooked a team of mules up to a bobsled and made his way into town, to make sure his family and neighbors would have the supplies they needed to make it through. Regardless of how you describe him, Russ will always be remembered as one of a kind man. Lastly, “if you figure out a way to make a million dollars, call me collect” was how he would end the conversation.
No funeral or visitation will be held at this time.
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