Russell J. Poole, of Jeannette, went to be with family and friends in heaven, Thursday, July 9, 2021. His mother, Minnie Croushore Poole and dad, Russell W. Poole were waiting to embrace him. Russ was a great guy with diverse interests. As a young boy he joined the Cub Scouts and worked his way up to Eagle Scout. He also belonged to the Order of the Arrow. Russ spent many years on staff at Camp Conestoga and upon graduation from WVU he was District Executive for the George Washington Council in New Jersey. He loved helping and teaching people. Family and friends would call him to identify plants and critters. He was like a walking encyclopedia. Russ was a Zoo enthusiast, a leader, gardener, wood craftsman, carer of wildlife, fisherman, and an all-around great example of human-KIND. The world is a better place because he was a part of it. Prior to retirement he was employed by UPS and he was a member of the Norwin Lions Club. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother in law Lynn Waugaman and a nephew Robert Russell Poole. He is survived by his wife Denise Flowers Poole, his siblings Gary Poole and his wife Pam of Connellsville, Debbie Waugaman of Scotia, NY and Wendy Poole and her wife Heather Allison of Greensburg and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received Monday from 2-4 and 6-8 PM in the Mason-Gelder Funeral Home Inc. 201 N. First St. Jeannette. A funeral service will be held Tuesday at 11:00 AM in the funeral home with Rev. Craig T. Hess officiating. Interment will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park. To send online condolences visit www.mason-gelder.com.
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