Russell Nutz, 77-year-old resident of Little Falls died Friday, February 19 at his home in Little Falls. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, February 25 at 11:00 A.M. at Living Hope Church in Little Falls with Rev. Matthew Parker officiating. The burial will be held at a later date at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Little Falls. A visitation will be held from 9:00-11:00 A.M. on Thursday, February 25 at Living Hope Church in Little Falls. The service will be lived streamed at the following link:https://www.christianworldmedia.com/livechannel/livinghopelf
Russell Joseph Nutz was born on September 26, 1943 at Bethesda Hospital in St. Paul, MN to the late Russell Joseph and Audrey (Malloy) Nutz. He attended and graduated from the Mechanics Arts School in 1961. He enrolled in Dunwoody Institute and completed blueprint reading, metal and engine lathe advanced in May of 1962. Russell was united in marriage to Sandra L. Boudreau on August 20, 1962 by the Justice of the Peace in St. Paul. The couple resided in St. Paul, MN and finally settling in Little Falls where they lived for several years. Russell worked for the following businesses throughout his life: Twin Tool, he owned and operated his own business "J.R. Tool", and he was a sales rep for Tool and Die products. He enjoyed softball, bowling, bingo, monthly poker parties with his friends, family events were a special time for Russell. He loved to build things with his grandkids and great-grandkids. Russell was a member of the Odd Fellows and the Moose Lodge. He always made time for his bride, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He had many words of wisdom for family and friends.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Sandra Nutz of Little Falls; children, Shannan (Marlin) Parker of Little Falls, Robert (Clayton) Nutz of South St. Paul, and Andrea (Mark) Mathison of Oakdale; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; siblings, Fran Olds of Emily, Char O'Brien of Emily and William Nutz of Ironton.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Troy Joseph Nutz and a grandson, Samuel David Parker.
"Good morning world. It?s hard to explain the feelings I am having on this day. Heaven has gained a wonderful angel while those of us here have a heavy heart and many tears.
Russell Nutz... uncle Russ has made his journey to heaven. There, he will be welcomed and greeted by Our Heavenly Father, his parents and his son Joseph Troy, and many others.
Those of us that grieve at our loss, have a hole in our hearts??. This wonderful man was a great uncle and father figure to me. ( i grew up without a dad in my life)
He had a way of making me feel special even when I was in the backseat while him and my Aunt Sandy were on a date.
Not once, did I feel like I was imposing on their dates. ( I knew it was hard to have a kid tag along on your dates, but they continued to do it with welcoming arms. ( or they hid it well)
He taught me many things, tricked me into eating squirrel, rabbit and venison and other things. They took me camping, fishing and threw me in the lake (to teach me to swim)
I watched him love my aunt with all his heart, cherish her and build their wonderful life together.
They even named their dog, Susie. My thought was that they loved me so much they wanted a Susie around all the time.
Our hearts our meant to fill with love, share that love and keep us alive. What happens when it?s time for a person for move on? The love they have for us lives on with them. Our love for them lives on.
The only thing for us, is a piece of our heart is missing. We need to remember and cherish the times we had together, even though it?s difficult We need to try to keep our hearts open to the little signs we see along the way, knowing and believing it?s them letting us know. They are still there and watching over us.
Uncle Russ, you will be greatly missed. I love you. Thank you for taking (your favorite) ? niece into your arms.
My prayers continue for Aunt Sandy, Shannan Parker, Robert Nutz, Andrea Mathison and all of their families
I love you all. Please let me know what I can do to help ????????
Your favorite niece ?"
"Sandy, Shannon, Robert, Andrea and families.....I am very sorry to here of Russ\'s passing. I have always enjoyed the laughter he brought to our neighborhood. He was a great person, heaven has gained a star angel"