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Russell “The Muscle” Damon Morgan

d. August 8, 2021

Russell "The Muscle" Damon Morgan

May 13th, 1961 - August 8th, 2021

Russell passed from this life on the morning of Sunday, August 8th, 2021, after years of battles with his health.  He passed while at home with no pain. His wife, Amanda (Johnson) Morgan and youngest son, Eric, were there with him until the end, and we are forever grateful. 

Russell was survived by his wife, Amanda (Johnson) Morgan;  sons, Eric Lee Johnson and Matthew (and Jessica) Morgan; daughters: Crystal (and Keith) Scroggs, and Amanda "Mandy" (and Andy) Hughes; grandchildren, Savannah, Jake, Josh, Ava, Holden, Lexi, Kurtis, and Carmen; sisters,  April Hays and Rene Roubidoux; brother, Dennis Morgan; more nieces and nephews than you can count, each of which held a very special place in his heart.

He is preceded in death by his parents, William "Bill" Morgan and Dorothy "Dottie" Morgan; and siblings, Bruce Eric Morgan, "Billy Kay" Cumberland, and Dorothy "Dottie" Carrey.

Although short in stature, Russell was larger than life. He was definitely a "character" and any encounter with him was memorable. 

Russell was one-of-a-kind. For him living meant sharing his opinions, his experiences, or his advice. He would freely give you all three… even if you didn't ask. He liked to laugh but loved to make you laugh. He always had a comeback, a response, or a reaction that was quick-witted, outrageous, and unexpected.

Russell was a man of many skills. It’s hard to list them all because his careers were many. He labored doing asphalt, paving, construction, waterproofing, and roofing. He was a general handyman for hire (free, for those who couldn’t pay). He was a car guru and could make any vehicle run when it wouldn’t. At the end of his time on earth, he used his talents to bring totaled cars back to life. We will always remember that "Russell smile" when he finally got it just right.

The "work" that brought Russell the most joy was being a commercial fisherman with his “pard” captain on the Mississippi River.  If you knew Russell, you knew to expect a little exaggeration. Well, maybe more than a little.  But as far as fish stories go, he had the pictures to back them up and loved to show them off. Especially the one that was just under 100 pounds standing as tall as Russell himself.

Russell loved his family, his friends, his Cardinals, his Busch beer, the fast lane, and 4 letter words. Not necessarily in that order. 

He made a top notch pork steak and would invite everyone over to have one. He loved music and liked to crank it up. As a young pup, he listened to KSHE and rock and roll, but hated country. As he got older, country music became his favorite. Most of our best memories with Russell have a song to go with them. You hear "that song" and think of him.

There was one song, though, that meant more to Russell in the end. He could only remember one line.. "right now I'd be fishing." And he would make you search for the song.

That song was called "Almost Home" by Craig Morgan (no relation), and the words of the chorus are very appropriate now. It goes like this...

"I just climbed out of a cottonwood tree

I was runin' from some honey bees

Drip dryin' in the summer breeze

After jumpin' into Calico creek

I was walkin' down an old dirt road

Past a field of hay that had just been mowed

Man I wish you'd just left me alone

Cause I was almost home"

This world will not be the same without Russell, and he will be greatly missed.  When things get hard, just remember… he is now pain free, with all his loved ones, catchin' some huge ole fish, and finally home.

Russell’s wish was to skip the traditional funeral service and have a good time celebrating his life. We will honor his wishes and would love for you to join us for…Russell Morgan's Celebration of Life

August 28, 2021


Food and refreshments provided

There will be a balloon release at the park.  If you would like to bring a balloon to send to Russell, you are more than welcome (dollar tree has them for $1)

Irv Zeid Park, 9200 Old Bonhomme Rd, Olivette MO 63132

Contact for any questions

Brandon (314)226.2305

Mandy (636)362.8963
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