Tuesday, June 16, 2015



Russell Francis Wudi, 63, of Rib Lake, passed away at his residence on Friday, June 12.A memorial service will be held at noon on Saturday, June 20 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Rib Lake. Father Otto Bucher will officiate. Visitation will be held at Good Shepherd Catholic Church from 10 to 11:45 a.m. on Saturday.
Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake assisted with arrangements.
Russell was born on March 26, 1952 in Rib Lake, to the late Anton and Christina (Pagel) Wudi. He graduated from Rib Lake High School.
Russell was an entrepreneur. He owned and operated Ameriflex, which was based in Corona, Calif. He then went on to own Russ’s Coin Shop and the Rib Lake Bakery. Russell served in the United States Marine Corps as an electrician on the C-130 cargo aircraft. He had a passion for coins, and enjoyed exploring the history of Rib Lake. Russ was a true outdoorsman, especially enjoying fishing and hunting. He loved his family and grandchildren, and will always be remembered for his heart of gold. He was a member of the Rib Lake Financial Board.
He is survived by his children, Michael (Suzy) Wudi of Rib Lake, Nora (Matty) Howit of Lakewood, Calif., and Ellen (Paul) Mitnick of Mohnton, Penn.; brother, Wayne (Pat) Wudi of Chicago, Ill.; five grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by several brothers and sisters.
Memorial donations in honor of Russell may be made to the Rib Lake Historical Society.