Russel  Lohrman


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Russel Lohrman Russel Lohrman, age 94 of Avondale, died April 18, 2019 in Avondale. He was born July 27, 1924 in Buck Creek, IN, the youngest of four sons born to Alfred and Margaret Lohrman. He served in the US Army Airforce from 1943 to 1946 as an airplane propeller mechanic, achieving the rank of Corporal. Upon his discharge, Russel returned to Buck Creek where he replaced his father as a school bus driver. His daily route took him past a high school student named Arlene. Russel was interested in Arlene and would honk the bus horn when he saw her. This was frustrating to Arlene's boyfriend who rode the bus, but it never stopped Russel. In 1950, Arlene became his wife. Russel was a barber in Indiana for over 20 years. When Arlene and Russel became tired of shoveling snow, the family moved to Arizona. Russel took a job in building maintenance at the Goodyear Airport where he worked for 18 years. Later in life, he was an avid reader of westerns. Russel would tell you that he had one fault that he never overcame. He was a cusser. His cussing could peal paint off a wall. As much as Arlene tried in vain to correct him, that colorful part of his character remained with him. His grandchildren held his heart in their hands. It was common to see his youngest granddaughter sneaking her hand into his shirt pocket to retrieve the lifesavers he kept in there for her. Russel is survived by his wife, Arlene Lohrman; daughters, Diane Lind, Mary Chubb, and Ramona Fontes; son, Dale Lohrman; twelve grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Condolences for the family may be left at
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May 01, 2019