Sadly, Pat passed away on August 5, 2022. We have been overwhelmed with so many stories and wonderful memories shared by our patrons over the past 26 years. We wanted to share his obituary with those that have asked to see it....
Patrick James Russell was born in Wickenburg, Arizona, on November 6, 1939, to William and Merle Russell. Pat lived his entire life in the state of Arizona, living in places such as Date Creek/Congress, Prescott, Winslow, and Grand Canyon, before settling in Seligman (1952), where he has been ever since and has happily called his home. He enlisted in the Army and served four years, receiving the rank of SP5, Sergeant. While stationed in Germany, he met Lilo Hohmann, and they married on April 20, 1961. Returning to Seligman in 1962, Pat and Lilo bought the Texaco and operated it until 1965; then he moved on with the Diamond A Cattle Company, where he worked for 20 years. Pat went to Wasilla, Alaska, for a short time to work at a gold mine but returned in late 1985 to join the Chemical Lime Company, where he retired after 16 years. Pat was a hard-working man. In his version of retirement, he joined his wife Lilo, and his daughters Nancy and Brenda at Westside Lilo's, taking on all maintenance, errands, and later the cashier role. He truly enjoyed sharing news of his family and his knowledge of the area, showing off his ability to speak German, and providing a smile and a treat to the kids visiting.
The family was everything to Pat. His kids are very proud to share that he served eleven years on the Seligman School Board so that he could present them with their HS diplomas. He loved family trips, birthday parties, and watching his favorite teams. Pat loved to hunt, fish, and play blackjack and was always up for a good time. He was a well-respected man who was always willing to help. Pat worked hard for what he achieved and made sure his wife, kids, and grandkids were always taken care of and cherished. He has created a lasting legacy that will live on through his family and his community. We will miss him immensely.
Pat is survived by his wife, Lilo Russell, daughters Nancy Echeverria and Brenda Bryant, son Patrick Jr.(Kay); grandchildren, Rocque(Melissa), Josef(Paige), Allysa, Robert, Patrick III, John Rand, and Kaitlin; great-grandchildren, Carlos, Ceaser, Rocque Jr, Elias Josef, Emberly and Noella. His brother, Larry (Joyce) Fields of Wickenburg, AZ, and sister, Dody Sullivan of Bloomfield, NM, and many other nephews and nieces. He is preceded in death by his parents, other siblings, and beloved grandson, Trent James.
Pat lived in Seligman for 70 years and always supported town projects throughout the years. Most recently, he and Lilo had discussed that Seligman needed a welcome arch similar to the townships of Williams and Kingman. So we would like to bring his dream to fruition and make it happen! So with all the proceeds we received at his funeral, we donated $5000, along with the Seligman Chamber of Commerce’s $5000, to fund a matching grant that will total $20,000. If awarded, this grant will assist in the initial planning, design and permitting of the wayfinding Welcome Arches on the west and east side entrances of Seligman. These gateway arches will properly brand our town as the “Birthplace of Historic Route 66. If you are interested in donating please visit gofundme.com/f/seligman-az-welcome-arches-fundraiser