Russell Updike, 49, Denver, hunter, truck driver

By on September 26, 2012

Russell L. Updike, 49, of Denver, passed away Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012 at his residence.

He was born in Tyrone to Mary C. (Stonebreaker), wife of Ted L. Martin, of Denver, and the late Richard Leroy Updike and was the husband of Mary J. (Echternacht) Updike. They were married 27 years.

Russell worked as a truck driver. He was a member of the Cushion Peak Rod & Gun Club, Reinholds VFW, Reamstown Athletic Association, Cocalico Sportsmen’s Club and the American Legion. An avid hunter and fisherman, he was also a fan of NASCAR and the Dallas Cowboys. Russell was a proud father who loved his family.

In addition to his wife and mother, Russell is survived by his sons: Jason R., husband of Kristen Updike, of Stevens; and Brandon L. Updike, fiance of Kylie Kautz, of Stevens; a daughter: Jennifer M., wife of Steve Martin, of Reinholds; a brother: Richard L., husband of Patti Updike, of Stevens; and seven grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by an infant sister: Patricia L. Updike.

Funeral services were held Sept. 21 at the Roseboro Stradling Funeral Home, Denver, with Pastors Fred Heller and Ed Vidzicki officiating. Burial took place in the Fairview Cemetery Annex.

Arrangements were made by Roseboro Stradling Funeral & Cremation Services Inc., Denver. Online condolences can be given at

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