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Russ Vaagen

Russell Lee Vaagen, 61, a resident of Adel, IA passed away on January 4th, 2014, at Mercy Hospice in Johnston, IA after a courageous battle with cancer.

Russ was born October 13, 1952, the son of Lyle Orland Vaagen and Norma Lee Putschler Vaagen of Dickinson, ND. Russ grew up in Dickinson and graduated from Trinity High School in 1970. In 1974, Russ graduated from the University of North Dakota with a double major in Social Work and Psychology before earning his Masters of Social Work with an emphasis in Clinical Social Work in 1975 from the University of Iowa. In 1979 Russ met the love of his life, Marjorie McMillin, and the two were married on August 30, 1980. He built a beautiful home in the country where he and his wife raised two daughters. Russ was always extremely proud of his daughters and loved spending time with his grandson.

Russ was preceded in death by his wife Marjorie and his father Lyle. He is survived by his daughter Kathryn and son-in-law Rob Franz, daughter Sarah Vaagen, grandson Tobin Franz, girlfriend Mary Bracken, mother Norma Vaagen, sisters Nancy Diede, Lori Ligman and Lee Vaagen, and brother Jeffrey Vaagen. He will be missed by family, friends, coworkers, and countless people that he has helped.

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