Russ left a lasting impact on everyone he came in contact with. He was a loving husband, father, and friend. Opening his heart and home to six kids and showing them how a father’s love is supposed to feel is just one example of the selfless life he lived. He taught each of his children unconditional love creates a family, not blood. Meaningful, lasting bonds will forever be engraved in each of their hearts. Not only did Russell proudly serve his family, but also his country. Russ dedicated two years and nine months to fighting in the Vietnam War. His legacy will live on forever.
Mr. Russell E. LaCroix Jr, age 75 of Ubly, passed away Tuesday, December 21, 2021 at the Bad Axe Hospital after a short illness.
Russell was born December 31, 1945 in Dearborn. Michigan, son of Russell Sr. and Loretta (Livernoise) LaCroix. After attending high school, Russell served in the Vietnam War for 2 years and 9 months. After returning from his tour of duty, Russell worked until he found himself in Ubly, MI, where he settled down in 1996. After living in Ubly for many years, he met the love of his life, Jennifer (Partaka) LaCroix. They were married on July 6, 2011 in Bryan, Ohio.
Russell was a man of many talents. Some of his favorite activities were hunting, fishing, eating, fixing things (even if they weren’t broken), going to garage sales, and camping. A proud member of “Brothers of the Wind”, Russell never missed an opportunity to spend time with his friends. Above all else, however, was Russell’s love that he had for his family. Every chance that Russell had to spend with them was a chance that was seized. He loved nothing more than those cherished moments.
Russell is survived by his wife, Jennifer LaCroix of Ubly: his seven children, Katelyn Palmer, Kasey Palmer, Hannah Partaka, Hayley Partaka, Kenneth Palmer, Carson Partaka, and Rusty LaCroix: and two sisters, Jackie Keck, and Jerri Firth.
Russell was preceded in death by his father and mother, Russell LaCroix Sr. and Loretta LaCroix.
Please consider making a donation in Russell’s name to Saint Jude’s Research Hospital, in memory of Russell’s love for his own children.