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Dr. Russell G. "Russ" Mawby
  • Yorkville Community Church
    11523 East D Avenue
    Richland, MI 49083
  • Battle Creek Community Foundation-Mawby Fund
    32 W. Michigan Avenue, Suite 1
    Battle Creek, MI 49017

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We were honored to have known Russ through his community foundation work and in his assistance in creating Youth Advisory Councils (YAC) throughout Michigan and around the world. My husband, Jim, first knew Russ when he visited a family farm to discuss and review the farm's polled Herefords. I knew him during my 23-year tenure as the YAC advisor for the Marshall Community Foundation. As noted in the obituary, his accomplishments were many and exemplary, however, the most winning was

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Posted by: Sandra Dobbins - Marshall, MI   Nov 02, 2017

Karen and Family:
I remember you the most as I was judging demonstrations during State Show and you were a participant. I had been foods-nutrition winner as a 4-H member and met you Dad for the first time when we went to Club Congress in Chicago. He was such a well known man that I felt so special that I would be spending the week with him and the delegates to Congress. He had been and IFYE and that was one

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Posted by: Sharon Fritz - West Branch, MI - Friend   Nov 01, 2017

With sincere condolences on behalf of Roberta Alexander who considered Dr. Mawby a treasured friend.


Posted by: Roberta Alexander - Bronson Commons-Mattawan, MI   Oct 30, 2017

I have the best memories of the years when my late husband, Mario, had the privilege to work under Russ' leadership while developing the Kellogg sponsored projects in the health professions in Latin America.
Above all we cherished his friendship and the very pleasant visits to his family at the farm.
My condolences to Lou Ann and to the members of the Mawby family.
Rosita Chaves


Posted by: Rosita Chaves - Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, NJ - Friend   Oct 29, 2017

This week, the Yorkville Community Church is celebrating the life of the most giving, humble icon that I have ever met. His achievements on this earth were larger than life. He served God and his country in both the military and on the home front and across the world without expecting return. However, he did get return in the form of satisfaction of helping others. I was privileged to have visited him and Lou Ann in his home and interviewed

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Posted by: Clarice Cook - Kalamazoo, MI   Oct 28, 2017

I am writing on behalf of the Board of Directors and staff of Tillers International of Scotts, Michigan (especially Richard Roosenberg, former Executive Director). Russ was a loyal and dedicated supporter of Tillers. He spearheaded the contribution and restoration of the Springhill Barn from the Edison family to the Tillers Farmstead located in Scotts, Michign. He was very proud of this award-winning structure. In addition, he trained a pair of oxen, Yankee and Doodle, and marched them in the Washington,

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Posted by: David McMorrow - KALAMAZOO, MI - Friend   Oct 27, 2017

Russ was a hero, mentor, and model of Christ-centered servant leadership to me and many. May God's peace now be with Lou Ann and the whole family.


Posted by: Bob Andringa - Scottsdale, AZ - Friend   Oct 27, 2017

All our love and prayers to All Russ' family. He was sure a wonderful man.


Posted by: Paul and Debbie (Willis) Guy - Kalamazoo, MI   Oct 26, 2017

In my life time Dr. Russell Mawby was the best example of a responsible citizen, leader, scholar and visionary. He was a leader in building institutions, that serve the needs of people, in our free democratic republic and worldwide. I first knew him as a leader and administrator in our countrys State Land Grant University system.

Dr. Mawby was dedicated to helping people develop positive, productive and healthy lifestyles and to live and work and serve to foster better

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Posted by: Grant and Alma Shrum - Huntsville, AL - friend   Oct 26, 2017

So saddened to learn of Russ Mawby's passing. Russ hired me in 1985 to serve as Director of WKKF for Latin America and the Caribbean. For fifteen years, I worked under his leadership. At that point, I had just completed my doctorate as a WKKF fellow, after studying the support of the Foundation to Latin American social entrepreneurs through the grant programs. Mario Chaves, then the Director, introduced me to Russ.
With his passion for people, and deeply interest for young

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Posted by: Marcos Kisil - Sao Paulo, Brazil - Coworker   Oct 26, 2017