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Russell Dailey

Russell Lee Dailey, Sr., 60, passed away March 31, 2009, at his home in rural Verndale.

He was born to Fred and Betty (Slaughter) Dailey on Nov. 15, 1948, in Wadena. He married Arlee Jean Pavlacky on Feb. 11, 1967, in his parents' home in Oylen. He was an industrial painter from 1967-70 in Anoka, a dairy farmer from 1970-2002, a boxer at ConAgra Foods in Motley while also driving truck for Hunke's Transfer of Wadena from 2002-04 until he was disabled in September 2004. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, working, hunting and reading. He lived fast, loved, worked and played hard, and died young. He was a unique and special person who was loved and respected by everyone whose life he touched. He will always be missed.

Funeral services were held on Friday, April 3, in the Christian and Missionary Alliance Tabernacle in Oylen with the Rev. Jim Johnson officiating. Honorary pallbearers were grandchildren, Elizabeth, Brittany and Joel Harrison, Thane and Mason Dailey, and Chelsea and Erin Lustila, and all of his nieces, nephews, and cousins. Interment was in the Poplar Cemetery in rural Leader, Minn. Arrangements were with the Johnson Memorial Home in Wadena (

Survivors include his devoted wife of 42 years, Arlee; mother, Betty Dailey of Wadena; sons, Russell Jr. "Tuff" of Sebeka, Wade of Bluegrass, and Preston of Wadena; daughter, Jamey Harrison of Hancock; seven grandchildren; brother, Steven Dailey of Oylen; and sister, Margaret Dumpprope of Motley.

He was preceded in death by his father, Fred, in 1994.