Carroll E. Russell

September 22, 1943
- March 30, 2011

ORNEVILLE - Carroll E. Russell, beloved husband of Cheryl A. (Gerrish) Russell, passed away peacefully March 30, 2011, at a Bangor hospital. Carroll was born Sept. 22, 1943, in Brownville, son of Ernest L. and Fern M. (Royal) Russell. Carroll lost his father at a young age and started working in the woods business as a teenager for Calvin A. Herbest Sr., who treated him as his own son. Carroll married the love of his life, Cheryl, in 1965 and together they raised two wonderful daughters. Carroll went on to become a truck driver for many years for several local loggers. In 1980, he bought his first "big rig" and within a few short years realized his lifelong dream of owning his first new truck. The business flourished under his and Cheryl's watchful eye, and eventually he would have a fleet of 13 trucks on the road. Cheryl was always at his side and his helping hand whenever he needed her assistance, no matter what the need. Carroll decided in 2005 to expand his trucking business to include a cutting crew and purchased the equipment for this new venture. Carroll's love for the woods was evident in all he did. His first and foremost thought was always of his business and his "men." Most people have hobbies and outside interests, but to Carroll the woods business and trucking were his hobby, his passion and his life. He loved having his family close by and worked hard to keep them all on "the hill" where he grew up and lived his entire life. Carroll was a loving and giving man all his life, and he will be sadly missed by all whose lives he has touched. He was a Mason, and member of Piscataquis Lodge No. 44 of Milo and a member of Anah Temple Shrine. He was a longtime supporter of Milo Fire Department, Schoodic Lake Fishing Derby and Maine State Troopers' Association. His company was awarded the 2006 Family Friendly Employer Award Small Company by Penquis Community Action Program, Inc. He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Cheryl; his daughters, Bonnie J. Russell and her partner, Danny Brown, and Crystal C. Grant and her husband, Chad, all of Orneville; his grandchildren, Bradley A. Brown and his fiancee, Melissa Miller, Cooper B. Brown, Macee J. Grant and Mylee J. Grant, all of Orneville; a brother, John Russell and his wife, Sandra, of Dexter; and a sister, Sheila Thurber and her companion, "Blackie" Thibeault, of St. John Plantation. He leaves his sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Cathy and Dennis Ames of Sebec, and Teresa and Norman Goodine of Medford; his nieces, Michelle Hathaway, Kellie Howe, Kimberly Lincoln and Roxanne Goodine; his nephew, John E. Russell and wife, Monica Kemm; a special nephew, Jason Gerrish; special cousins, Edward and Linda Herbest, and Philip Herbest; and aunts, Alice Dawson, Carolyn Young, Mary and Allan Sibley, Clayton and Brenda Royal, Roland Royal and his companion, Jackie Willinski, Roger and Judy Royal. He will be missed by special friends, Norman and Emma Howell; as well as numerous other aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his mother and father; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Willis and Roberta Gerrish; his aunts and uncles, Dottie and Arthur Heath, Leona Hersey, Merle Royal and Bobby Royal. He was also predeceased by his wife's aunts and uncles, Alta Baker, Betty and Stanley Allen, Stella and Danny Royal; and special lifelong friends, Ralph Herbest Sr., Calvin Herbest Jr. and Robert Emery. He will be sadly missed by his workers and friends, Ronnie Martin, Roscoe Green, Andrew Peirce, Paul Gray and Eric Young; grandson, Bradley Brown; and nephew, Jason Gerrish. Friends are invited to call noon until time of funeral service 2 p.m. Sunday, April 3, at Lary Funeral Home, Milo, with the Rev. Michele St. Cyr officiating. A reception will be held after the service at Carroll Russell Trucking Garage and home. Burial will be later in the spring in the family lot at Evergreen Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Anah Temple Shrine, P.O. Box 735, Bangor, ME 04401. Messages of condolence and memories may be expressed at

Published in Bangor Daily News on April 1, 2011

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