He was born August 24, 1927, the youngest of seven children, to Herbert and Irene (Reames) Way in Grand Rapids. On January 20, 1949, he married Yvonne Gardner, who preceded him in death on October 31, 2016.
Russell was a skilled craftsmen who began tinkering with electronics as a young child. He could fix almost anything and loved working around the house. He also enjoyed sailing on the river with his children. He retired from Continental Motors in Muskegon, where he worked as an aircraft experimental technician. After retirement, he helped manage the Shaker Good Room Restaurant with his wife, Yvonne. He enjoyed watching Detroit Tigers baseball, especially in his later years.
He is lovingly remembered by his three children: Russell Way Jr. (Patricia) of Grands Rapids, Andrew Way of New Mexico and Susan Marris of Spring Lake; seven grandchildren: Monica (Gerard) Despres, Erika (Kevin) Betts, David Way, Phillip (Rob) Way, Katie (Ron) Carpenter, Brooke (J.D.) Kingsnorth and Tiffany (Josh Deter) Marris; 10 great-grandchildren: Zane Way, Brianna and Bryce Despres, Spencer and Bradyn Betts, Roddy Carpenter, Ezra and Eloise Kingsnorth, and Michael and Luke Deter; sister-in-law, Gwen (Doug) Noren; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Jennifer Way; niece, Amy Noren; and son-in-law, Terry Marris.
Visitation services will be held 6-8 p.m. Monday, August 13, 2018, at the Spring Lake Chapel (213 E. Savidge). Memorial service will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday, August 14, 2018, at the Spring Lake Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the Alzheimer's Association (www.alz.org) in honor of his wife. Please sign the family's online guestbook at www.sytsemafh.com