Walter E. 'Cotton' Russelavage

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Walter E. "Cotton" Russelavage, 83, of Tower City, died Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013 at Schuylkill Medical Center-East Norwegian Street.

Born in Sheridan, Jan. 4, 1930, he was a son of the late August and Agnes Russelavage.

He was a 1948 graduate of Porter Township High School.

Cotton was a Air Force veteran of the Korean War, and was a member of the Tower City American Legion.

He was retired from TRW, Harrisburg. He was of the Methodist faith. He was an avid fan of all Williams Valley athletic programs.

Cotton was a former coach with the Little League and Teener Baseball.

Cotton's life revolved around his family; he will be remembered for his love and devotion to his wife and son.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Joy Marie Russelavage; three brothers, Joseph, Stanley and Byron Russelavage; three sisters, Mary Kopp, Helen Salg and Tessie Kabowniczek.

Surviving are his wife of 59 years, Pearl Minnich Russelavage; a son, Randy L. Russelavage and his wife, Dawn, Tower City.

Funeral services were held Thursday, Feb. 14 from the Chapel of the Dimon Funeral Homes Inc., Tower City, with the Rev. Stevan Atanasoff and the Rev. Natalya Cherry officiating. Burial with military honors was in Greenwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations should be made to Williams Valley Athletic Department, c/o Jode Smith, 10330 Route 209, Tower City, PA 17980. To sign the guest book visit

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