Obituary: Russell G. Eklund

February 12, 1947 ~ November 20, 2020 (age 73)
Posted at 9:56 AM, Dec 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-04 11:56:22-05

Russell G. Eklund, 73, of Great Falls passed away on November 20, 2020.

Russell was born in Great Falls to Carl and Anna Eklund in February 1947. He was raised in Choteau, graduating from Choteau High School on May 28, 1965. Then attending Montana State University until fate stepped in and he met the love of his life, MaryAnn, on a blind date in Great Falls. The two would go on to marry on April 7, 1969. They lived an ideal life together for the next 51 years until Russell’s passing.

A general contractor and realtor, he spent over 40 years working in the Great Falls building industry. He was also a founding father of the Great Falls Multiple Listing Service, inducted into the Montana Building Industry Association’s Hall of Fame in 1996, received the Dedicated and Outstanding Service award in 1989, and Builder of the Year in 1988. To add to those many accomplishments he also served proudly on the Montana Air National Guard for nine years.

Somehow Russell found time to pursue a few pastimes; hunting, fishing, and flying light aircraft. He was also a former member of the Uptown Optimist Club.

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