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Russell Jackson Gaines Jr.

Russell Jackson Gaines Jr.

d. March 25, 2024

Russell J. Gaines Jr., died unexpectedly at his home on Monday, March 25, 2024. Russell was born in Memphis, TN to Russell J. and Daisy (Smith) Gaines Sr. He is survived by his wife Antoinette "Toni" Gaines, his sister Jeannette Polinski, brother John (Bonnie) Gaines, sister-in-laws Sylvia Danielewski, Debra (George) I'ons, brother-in-law Lawrence Danielewski, nephews Jack (Teresa) Davis, Ryan (Holly) Gaines, Sean (Madison) Gaines, nieces Angela (Gene) Royston, Jayne (David) Sindewald, Susan (Kennan) Arvay and many much loved grand and great grand nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his brother-in-laws Chuck Polinski, Jim Danielewski and sister-in-law Elizabeth Danielewski.

Russ retired to Southern IL following 35 years of Railroad Service with Illinois Central Railroad and the Northern Illinois Regional Transportation Authority. He was an avid fisherman, loved the outdoors, enjoyed all sports as a player or spectator, whether in person or on TV. Russ also really enjoyed a good meal, good conversation and a cold, cold beer.

Russ was a kind, generous, charming, smart, faithful, funny, happy, sweet, irreverent guy. These are the gifts he brought to and shared with the world. If you ever met him, enjoyed his friendship or were lucky enough to be loved by him, your life is likely much better for the experience.

Thanks Russ, we will miss you.

Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Private burial will take place at a later date, with his family in Mississippi.

Memorial contributions may be directed to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Envelopes will be available and accepted at Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home, 800 North Market Street, Marion, Illinois 62959.

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