We were quite saddened to hear of Russ’s passing. Russ was a unique and interesting friend! He always had story… often funny! I’ll never forget, and often share, the one when he left a step ladder in the fireplace while building his log cottage on the lake; they couldn’t find it until later when he remembered where he left it! Billy Tisch stopped over to see the progress, and found Russ torching it, setting it afire in the chimney—no chance of getting it out! He’s a legend… one that will be certainly missed. RIP, Russ. Roger and Shirley
Alsteen, Russell Dean
Russell Dean Alsteen, 79, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday August 12, 2017. He was born September 13, 1937 in Lena to Joseph and Eleanor (Casper) Alsteen.
Russell proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1955 to 1959. Shortly after returning from service, he married Sharon (LeFevre) Benedum. He started his working days at Badger Breeders. After being there some years, he attended barber school in Green Bay and was employed at various barber shops across Wisconsin. He owned and operated Russ’s Barber Shop from the early 1970’s until retiring in 2015.
An avid woodworker and builder, Russ built a log cabin on Kelly Lake and refurbished his family’s 1908 log cabin. In August of 2002, Russ was united in marriage to Roberta (Mathey) Megow. Russ and Roberta summered together at the cabin on Kelly Lake and spent winters with family and friends in Bradenton, Florida.
Russell was active in the community for many years. He served on many city and community boards but was most passionate about Veteran’s causes. Throughout his adult life, Russ was active in the Navy Club of the U.S. where he was elected the Wisconsin State Commandant and the club’s National Commandant in 2003. He was also a member of the American Legion-Lena Post.
Russ cherished the time he spent with his family. He enjoyed hunting at “The Ranch”, playing cards and wintering in Florida. He could be seen driving his Ford tractor and even climbing ladders until just days before he passed.
Russell is survived by his wife of 15 years, Roberta (Mathey) Megow; three sons, Brian (Binky), Bart (Cathy), and Bradley; Roberta’s three sons, Randall (Christine), Michael and Scott (Natalie). Russ is further survived by his beloved grandchildren, Caty (Dillon), Andy (Morgan), Luke (Miriam), Katie (Danny), Gunnar, Maisie Ann, Kiefer, Izzy, Joe, John, Libby, Carolyn; two great grandchildren, Ellie and Harper. Russell comes from a large, close knit family. Surviving him are also three sisters, Ruth (Dean), Joann, and Beverly; a brother, Armond (Phyllis); step brothers and sisters, Renetta, Shirley (Vernon) and Donnie (Tammy).
Russell was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter Julie, a sister Donna and a brother Clayton.
Friends may call at St. Anne’s Catholic Church, 209 East Main Street, Lena on Saturday August 19, 2017 from 9 until 11 a.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday at the church with the Rev. Nonito Barra officiating. Burial with Veteran Honors will take place immediately after the Mass at St. Charles Catholic Cemetery in Lena.
Rhodes-Charapata Funeral Home is assisting the family. Online condolences may be expressed at www.rhodescharapata.com.
In lieu of flowers or other expressions of sympathy, donations can be made to the Fisher House (www.donate.fisherhouse.org) in Russ’ memory.
Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette from Aug. 16 to Aug. 18, 2017