Russell David Jarrett, 94, of Hummels Wharf, passed away on Tuesday, May 2, 2017, at the Geisinger Medical Center, where he had been a patient for the last week with serious lung issues. With his strong faith in tact till the end, he knew that though he would sleep for a little while in death, he was convinced that in the resurrection day, his God will wake him up again to join his friends and family, right here on this earth as he originally intended for the first humans.
Russ was born Oct. 9, 1922, making him over 94 years old. Much of those 94 years, aside from some occasional lung issues, have been relatively free of sickness and disease. Driving his car, mowing his yard, and living alone, still going on until the day he entered the hospital.
Russell was the son of the late Albright and Annie Jarrett, of Hummels Wharf, where he grew up on a farm with a brother, Harold and a sister, Ruth.
He is survived by three sisters-in-law, Nancy Treaster, of Middleburg, of Middleburg, Francis Nace, of Lavernia, Texas, and Kathleen Mitchell, of Beaver Springs; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Russ and his brother when young worked on the family farm and sold peaches from their peach orchard. He graduated from Sunbury High School in 1940, did his stint in the Army in the early 40s, married his love, Inez Mitchell, in September of 1945. They had been happily married until her passing in the year 2010. They had no children.
After school although working for a brief time in Baltimore for the Montgomery Ward Warehouse and Retail Store, he moved back to Hummels Wharf and was employed by the PPL Electric Company until his retirement in 1983. There he worked as an inventory specialist and accountant.
He enjoyed the outdoors, traveling, especially with his wife, going to Alaska, Hawaii, and a number of states in between. He also played some golf in his younger years, and occasional baseball at picnics and gatherings, he was a Phillies fan. Being single and not much of a cook, he enjoyed eating out regularly at the various eating places in the Selinsgrove and Sunbury area with his many friends.
In 1958, Russ was baptized as one of Jehovah's Witnesses, and throughout his life maintained a busy schedule of regular weekly house to house ministry, being at one time one of the local elders, teaching ministry schools, and giving speaking assignments throughout the central PA area at various congregations of Jehovah's Witnesses. He also enjoyed traveling to various cities attending larger Christian gatherings or assemblies, and taking care of work assignments there. While his age and health have prevented some of those activities in recent years, he still was a regular attender at all congregation meetings, and two days a week he participated in the door to door ministry, sharing the Bible's message of a promised better world by means of God's Kingdom, with his neighbors and members of the community.
Russell was known as a soft spoken man, kind and generous with a good sense of humor and will be missed by all his friends both young and old.
A memorial service for Russell will be held on May 21, at 3 p.m., at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 714 Old Danville Highway. Greg Ritter will be the speaker.
Arrangements are by the V.L. Seebold Funeral Home, 601 N. High St., Selinsgrove.
Published on May 8, 2017