Russell Roy McKibbon, 88, lifelong resident of Carlton County died Friday, June 14, 2019.
Russell retired from Northwest Paper/Potlatch after 44 years. He was always proud of his military service in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and was issued the responsibilities in specialized communications as a “Combat Signaller” conducting semaphore and signal light communications while serving on the naval destroyers USS Yosemite (AD 19), USS Bristol (DD 857), USS Chester T. O’Brian (DE 421), as well as submarine duty in the last year of service. He enjoyed a plethora of hobbies from automotive refurbishing, fishing, golfing, woodworking, and in all, too many to mention.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Frederick and Alexandria (Pellerin) McKibbon; wife, Mariann; son, Brett; brothers, Andrew, William, Clarence, Walter, Harry, Robert, and Frederick; and sisters, Helen Johnson, Esther Korby.
Russell is survived by four children, Greg McKibbon, Marlene (Bill) Huima, Scott (Wendy) McKibbon and Jeff McKibbon; four grandchildren and seven great grandchildren; many cousins, nephews and nieces.
Visitation: 10 until the 11:00 a.m. Memorial Service Thursday, June 20, 2019 in the Atkins Northland Funeral Home, 801 14th St. Cloquet. Inurnment will be in New Calvary Cemetery. Military Honors will be accorded by the Cloquet Combined Honor Guard. A time of lunch and fellowship will follow in the Fireside Room of the funeral home. To sign the guest book and offer an online tribute, see www.atkinsnorthlandfuneralhome.com