Russell Wayne Arendell, 84, of Lubbock, Retired U. S. Navy Captain and educator, passed away on Wednesday morning, September 8, 2021. Mr. Arendell was born on the Pitchfork Ranch in Guthrie, King County, Texas on March 24, 1937, to the late Elmo Arendell and Virgie (Cash) Arendell. He met Fern West, and they were married on July 16, 1958, in Lubbock.
Mr. Arendell attended Cooper High School, graduating in 1955. Mr. Arendell then attended Texas Tech University, graduating in 1959 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. He also obtained a master’s degree in Logistics at the Air Force Institute, located at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio in 1973. He attended the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island from 1978 to 1979. Captain Arendell served as the Business/Financial Manager of the LAMP's MK III Helicopter Program, Naval Air Systems Command. He served during the Vietnam War, as well as being stationed at the U. S. Naval Station in Keflavik, Iceland as their Supply Officer. Other assignments included being the Navy Educational Resources Manager, Office of Chief, Naval Education Training in Pensacola, Florida, and Senior Supply Assistant, U.S.S. Constellation, San Diego, California. Additionally, he also served at the Naval Air Station in Corpus Christi, and in Rota, Spain as the instructor at the Navy Supply Corps school and then as a Supply Officer for the USS Furse (DDR 882). On a prestigious note, he was the Director of Acquisition and Finance on the team that developed the Joint Cruise Missile Project in Washington, DC before his retirement. He proudly served his country in the U. S. Navy, retiring with the rank of Captain in 1986 after 32 years of military service.
Following retirement from the Navy, he returned to Texas Tech University to obtain his teaching certification in Math and English. He taught at Ralls High School for 3 years and 15 years at Frenship High School, before retiring from teaching in 2007. Throughout his teaching career Mr. Arendell received countless Teacher of the Year Awards. His students loved him and he proudly served as a mentor for many of them under his instruction and guidance.
Mr. Arendell enjoyed working out, music, the shooting range, his computer, working in his yard and was known to be good at everything he did. He was very family oriented and adored his children and grandchildren. The Lord was Russell’s shining light. He was a long-time member of Sunset Church of Christ.
Survivors include his wife, Fern; one son, Russ W. Arendell and his wife Sally of Lubbock; one daughter, Gisela Monroe and her husband Alan of Plainview; eight grandchildren: Julia Arendell, Sarah Arendell, Jesse Arendell, Jordan Jauer, Micah Echols, Tyler Monroe and his wife Kaile, Tanner Monroe and Kinsley Monroe; two great-grandchildren: Jax Monroe and Haidyn Monroe. He was preceded in death by three sisters: Joyce Watkins, Yvonne Rackler, and LaJuana Owens; three brothers: Percy Wade, Jim Wade and Bill Wade.
Celebration of Life Memorial Services will be at 10 A. M. on Friday, September 17, 2021, at Combest Family Funeral Home, 2210 Broadway, Lubbock TX. Mr. Monty Pettyjohn, of Sunset Church of Christ, and Dudley Cash, will be the officiants. Burial of cremains will be in Peaceful Gardens Memorial Park at 2 P. M on Friday, September 17, 2021.
Honorary pallbearers will be Jordan Jauer, Jesse Arendell, Tyler Monroe, Gary West, Sach Morman and Bill Morman.
In lieu of flowers, the Arendell family requests memorial donations to the Sunset School of Preaching, 3723 34th Street, Lubbock TX 79410, or to the support of Autism by visiting autismspeaks.org.
The Arendell family would like to express their sincere appreciation to UMC Hospice for their loving care and devotion to Russell.