Russell Wayne Perdue passed from this life on November 20, 2021
A LIFE IN THE WEAVERS HAND.
Russell was born in 1956 in Longmont CO to Leo and Gladys Perdue. The Lord planted him in a family of third generation woodsman, who spent summers building forest service spec roads, winters logging timber and sawmilling, and mining sprinkled in between. Russell’s family lived life on the edge, traveling throughout NM, CO, WY, MT, SD, and ID. Sad to say school often took a back seat, however life lessons came also in the form of adventures and experiences that instilled a strong work ethic. God weaved in loggers who spoke into this young man’s life, teaching moral values, and contributing in his character building. Russell did not have eyes to see it yet, but God was shaping him for a future purpose.
Russell always considered Lyons CO home. It was a small community filled with lively characters and events; somewhat rough around the edges, but good people non the less. This is where he met his future wife, Robin. They married in 1979, and the Lord blessed them with three daughters, Kelly, Amanda and Emily. And so, the journey continued…. 1989 brought the family to Cody WY, and soon thereafter, Russell began doing mission work in Mexico, helping build the Bible Institute in Juarez, then going to the far reaches in the mountains to work with the Pima Indians. Year after year, he went back to support the work started by Pastor Tomas Bencomo. The Lord wove in many, dear friends through mission work.
Every Sunday morning, Russell was at the front door at CMA Church in Cody, welcoming those who came for Sunday service. Snow nor sleet nor blistering heat kept him from this duty. He loved greeting all who came, especially chatting with the little kids. Russell had a special gift for treating everyone with kindness, and could genuinely connect with the oldest congregant down to the very youngest, and everyone in between. He had a great sense of humor, that never offended.
Then the Lord, in His divine wisdom, sent three sons Russell’s way through marriage: Clifton and Kelly Carson; Ty and Amanda Black; and Todd and Emily Sanburn. The most treasured blessing, however, came with five grandchildren: Ethan and Alder Carson, Alyx Black, and Carson and Tulsey Sanburn. And the family was complete.
We might all say it’s been a wild ride, but oh, how we will miss him!
Celebration of Life: Saturday 11/27, New Life Bible Church, 2320 S Prairie Ave, Pueblo CO at 10:30 am; lunch will follow.
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HISTORY OF PERDUE FAMILY
Russell’s family were long-time residents of Lyons. He was the grandson of Lawrence and Maude Perdue, who built the big two-story house for their family in 1948-49, on the corner of Hwy 36 and Nolan Road (across from Blue Mtn Stone yard). Lawrence and Maude had eight children; Howard (Alice) Walker, Helen (Bob) Samuelson, Margaret (Vernon) Barend, Gene (Margaret) Perdue, Leo (Gladys) Perdue, Cleatis (Jim) Bradshaw, Vicky (Lawrence) Hirschfeld, and Bonnie (George) Smith.
Russell was the son of Leo and Gladys. Russell went to Elementary and Jr High School in Lyons, and he and his cousin Cheryl (Gene and Margaret’s oldest) attended Sunday School at the old Methodist church (now called Lyons Community Church). Gene and Leo and families moved to Encampment, Wyoming in 1968; however, Russell did not want to move to WY, so he lived several more years in Lyons with his Uncle Howard and Aunt Alice Walker. He then moved to Encampment WY.
The Perdue family worked in logging and mining, and had a thriving Christmas tree lot every December. Russell’s grandmother Maude Perdue, was well known for winning the two-man crosscut sawing competition at every Good Old Days, well into her 80’s.
Russell married Robin (Norman) in 1979, and they moved to Cody, WY in 1989; and, spending the last seven years living in Pueblo, CO. Russell and Robin have three daughters and son-in-laws: Clifton and Kelly Carson of Cody, WY; Ty and Amanda Black of Powell, WY; and Todd and Emily Sanburn of Ranchester, WY. Grandchildren include Ethan and Alder Carson, Alyx Black, and Carson and Tulsey Sanburn.
Deceased family include: Lawrence and Maude Perdue, Howard and Alice Walker, Helen and Bob Samuelson, Vernon Barend, Gene and Margaret Perdue, Leo Perdue, Cleatis Bradshaw, Vicky and Lawrence Hirschfeld, and George Smith.
Survivors of Lawrence and Maude include: Margaret Barend of California, Jim Bradshaw of Colorado, Gladys Perdue of Colorado, and Bonnie Smith of Idaho.
In Leo and Gladys’ family, the deceased family members include: children Russell and Rhonda. Surviving son is Randy (Michelle) Perdue of Idaho.
………….family history provided by Robin Perdue