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Russell Sass

March 22, 1955 ~ February 19, 2024 (age 68) 68 Years Old

Russell Sass Obituary

Memorial services for Russell Sass, 68, of Groton will be 11:00 a.m., Friday, February 23rd at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church.  Father Gregory Tschakert will officiate.  Military honors will be provided by Groton American Legion Post #39.    Visitation will be held at Paetznick-Garness Funeral Chapel on Thursday from 5-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m.  Deacon Greg Sass will lead.

Russell passed away February 19, 2024 at Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls, surrounded by his family.  He graciously gave life to others as a donor.

Russell Patrick was born on March 22, 1955 in Webster, South Dakota to Raymond F. and Pauline (Gaikowski) Sass.  He attended school in Webster, graduating in 1973.  Russ farmed for several years before enlisting in the US Marine Corps, where he served from 1980-1984.  Following his honorable discharge, he returned to the Webster area.  On November 15, 1985 he was united in marriage with Darlene Heupel and together they were blessed with two sons.  Russ began driving truck for Hyman Freight Ways, later working for Mitzel and Sons in Aberdeen.  He later drove for 3M, New Deal Tire and Full Circle Ag before his retirement.  

Russ enjoyed spending time in the outdoors, hunting and fishing.  He also enjoyed card and board games, building model cars/airplanes and spending time with his family.

Celebrating his life is his wife, Darlene of Groton, his sons, Jacob of Aberdeen, Ethan (Sarah) of Aberdeen, three grandchildren, Brooklynn, Shane and Harley, his siblings,  Jim (Janet) Sass of Annadale, VA, Jerry (Ricky) Sass of Bigfork, MT, Ron (Judy) Sass of Florence, MT, Allan (Pat) Sass of Webster, Gene Sass of Milbank, Dwayne Sass of Webster, Greg (Nancy) Sass of Rapid City, Bob (Melinda) Sass of Rapid City, Becky (Jack) Vander Poel of Jasper, MN, Barb (John) Bauman of Maple Plain, MN and Mary (Jay) Aadland of Webster.  Russ is also survived by 28 nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his parents, an infant child and infant grandchild, Alex.

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