Dec 11, 1961 - Aug 30, 2019
Saturday, September 14, 2019
Eckville Community Centre
Memorial Donations in Russell’s name may be made to the Withrow Gospel Mission “Mexico Mission Fund” - 246 Withrow Road, Withrow, AB T0M 0X0
McKenzie, Russell James
1961 – 2019
On Friday, August 30th, Russell James McKenzie, loving husband, son, brother and father, peacefully passed away at home at the age of 57 years from an inoperable brain tumor.
Russell was born and raised in Rocky Mountain House, AB on December 11, 1961 to Mildred and Ed McKenzie. He spent his youth along with his parents and eight siblings guiding in the family outfitting business, working on oil rigs, and obtaining his journeyman’s ticket for sheet metal mechanics.
Russell loved to work. With his first wife, Shelley Brauer, he built up a farm for cattle and horses near Rocky Mountain House, and with her help, provided a great start to several foals that have since become irreplaceable, well broke horses.
In 2010, Russell was re-married to Sandra (Enns). They settled near Eckville on a ranch to devote his life to raising, training and competing horses full time. His gift of connection, both to horses and people were what made his eyes sparkle. He was a remarkable horseman, coach and friend to many. He loved to dance with Sandra, anywhere the music struck him and it brought him great joy to see her smile.
His desire for Gods will in his life became a focal point, changing his heart towards the urgency of putting others needs before his own – both near and far. He was passionate about his Mexico Mission Team and the love he gave and received through his participation.
Russell is survived by his wife, Sandra and their children Holly and Corey; his mother Mildred McKenzie and step-father Lorne Goff; siblings: Ron (Laurie), Trish (Evan), Tom (Tracy), Randy (Lana), Bonnie (Gil), Linda (Scott), Shelley (Kelly) and Darren; numerous nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and extended family and friends. Russell was predeceased by his father Ed McKenzie and niece Nicole McKenzie.
He was a very strong and courageous man and he will be greatly missed.
A tribute, honoring the memories of Russell will be held at Eckville Community Center on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 11:00 AM with reception to follow. If you wish to share a song, bring your instrument.
Memorial Donations in Russell’s name may be made to the Withrow Gospel Mission “Mexico Mission Fund” - 246 Withrow Road, Withrow, AB T0M 0X0.
Rocky and Sylvan Lake Funeral Homes and Crematorium, your Golden Rule Funeral Homes, entrusted with the arrangements. 403-845-2626
Sandy and family
I am so sorry to hear about Russ my thoughts and prayers are with you all
God Bless you all
Don and Sue Lucas:
Our deepest condolences to you Sandi, and ALL of the family. May the Lord continue to bless you with comfort and peace through this very difficult time. May your happy memories carry you through the challenges ahead.
Tom and Rena Stewart:
Our deepest condolences to the McKenzie families we often talk about Russell and Bonnie taking us on our first Job Lake horseback trip, it is a memory that we will always keep with us, he was great with sharing his stories and experiences with anyone who took the time to listen.
Mike and Susan Robichaud:
We are so sorry for your loss Sandy. The few times we met Russ we instantly loved him and his love for the Lord! Psalm 116:15 Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.
May Jesus comfort you always and may you take rest in the precious time you got to be with Russ.
Love to you, Mike and Susan
Lavern and Loretta Leer:
Our deepest condolences too the Mckienze families
Ernie and Lorraine murias:
Dear Sandy, Holly and Cory, Millie and family
Our deepest condolences , our prayers are with all of you. Remember the wonderful memories of Russell, and I know there are many. A great husband, son and brother and dad. A wonderful, kind and gentle man, now with dad in heaven. We are away until the 13, but will be there on the 14.
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