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Russell Nordman

Russell Charles Nordman, 87, of Ottumwa, died at 4:49 p.m. July 6, 2020 at home.

He was born September 18, 1932 in Nashua, IA to Eldon and Velma Brandt Nordman. Russell married Shirley Rowley on March 5, 1955.

Russell Nordman
Russell Nordman

A graduate of Nashua High School, Russell served 18 months in the U.S. Army serving in Korea. A resident of Charles City most of his life, he worked 17 years installing carpet for Sylvester Furniture in Charles City and also managed the Cowell Co-op Elevator. Russell retired in 1994.

He was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Ottumwa and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #3914 in Charles City. Russell and Shirley wintered in Texas for 26 years, moving to Ottumwa in 2012. He enjoyed camping, attending music festivals, playing shuffleboard and attending coffee group with his friends.

Surviving is his wife, Shirley; his children Jeff (Melody) Nordman of Oelwein and Denise (Brian) Kelly of Ottumwa; 2 grandsons, Chase Kelly and Alex Kelly; a step-granddaughter, Nicole Hanaway; a great-granddaughter, Rowyn; 4 step-great-grandchildren, Levi, Halle, Malaya and Lincoln.

He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant sister.

His body has been cremated.

Private memorial services were held Thursday, June 9th at Reece Funeral Home in Ottumwa. A recording of the service may be viewed on the Reece Funeral Home Facebook page. Online condolences may be left for the family at

Private inurnment was in Memorial Lawn Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.