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Russell J. Sova

December 29, 1943 ~ January 2, 2024 (age 80) 80 Years Old

Russell Sova Obituary

Russell James Sova, age 80, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 2, 2024. He was born to the late Arnold and Margie (Krueger) Sova on December 29, 1943.

Russell married Debra Rietveld on August 13, 1983 in Neenah, WI. He was a member of the National Guard and was a proud union member millwright for many years prior to his retirement. Russell loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and sitting in the sun bird watching. He and Deb also enjoyed gardening and canning together. He loved to travel and take trips with Deb and his brother, Arnie; some of their favorite destinations being California, Washington DC, Aruba, and New Orleans. Family was everything to Russ. He loved attending family dinners and get togethers and spending time with his grandchildren, especially baking cookies with them. 

Russell is survived by his loving wife, Debra; children: Rusty (Jolene), Rhonda (Paul), Gina (James), Travis, Becky (Mike), and Scott (Yvonne); grandchildren: Clint, Kyle, Calvin, Derek, Weston, Nick, Brandon, Amanda, Seth, Bo, Kory, MaKailee, Tressler, Emmy, Shannon, Elena, James III, Piper, Jada, Kyra, Penelope, and Valerie; many great grandchildren; brothers: Arnold “Butch” and Dennis “Mike”; mother-in-law, Margie Rietveld; sisters and brother-in-law: Nancy (Jay), Tammy (Gregg), and Rob (Jen).

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Marlisa; granddaughter, Alesha; great granddaughter, Hazel; sisters: Mary and Nancy; and father-in-law, Gerald Rietveld. 

A celebration of life will be held on Monday, January 8, 2024 at Verkuilen-Van Deurzen Family Funeral Home, 2401 Fieldcrest Drive, Kaukauna from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. For online condolences, please see Russell’s tribute wall below.

Russell’s family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at St. Elizabeth Hospital, especially Nurse Angela, for the great care and compassion they provided. 

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Celebration of Life
January 8, 2024

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Verkuilen - Van Deurzen Family Funeral Home - Kaukauna
2401 Fieldcrest Drive
Kaukauna, Wisconsin 54130


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