Celebration of Life Memorial Service
Combest Family Funeral Homes
2210 Broadway
Lubbock, TX  79401
Friday, September 17, 2021
10:00 a.m.
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15602 Loop 493
Woodrow, TX  79423
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I served in the Navy.

Russell Wayne ArendellI am a Veteran.

of Lubbock, TX

March 24, 1937 - September 8, 2021


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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.



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14 Condolence(s)
Debbie Watkins Hurlburt
Gillette, WY
Monday, September 20, 2021

I have you in my thoughts and prayers.
May God Bless you and Comfort you through
your loss. Love always, Debbie Watkins Hurlburt

Laila Haghsheno-Sabet
Boulder, CO
Friday, September 17, 2021

Sending love to you Fern, y'all were truly the best neighbors to live beside. Both you and Russ made our street such a welcoming one and I know Sara agrees that y'all made growing up there so special. We are all so heartbroken that Russ has passed, but we are relieved you are surrounded by so much loving family. Sending prayers to you and the family.

James Golden
Lubbock, TX
Wednesday, September 15, 2021

To Fern and family. I am devastated at the news of Russ passing. I will miss him until I can no longer remember him. I have so many great memories and had fun with Russ and your family every time I had the opportunity. He was always encouraging and pleasant to be around. I look up to him as a mentor but even more so like a father figure that I could look up to for wisdom and advice. I love you guys and you are in my prayers and on my mind. God bless you all.

Frank&Sharon McInroe
Lubbock, TX
Wednesday, September 15, 2021

So sorry,sending prayers

Samantha Fox Hoffpauir
Moore, OK
Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Such a wonderful teacher! Put his heart into it.
Praying for the family in their time of grief.

Camille Ramirez
Arlington, TX
Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Mr Arendell was the best teacher, he taught math and life lessons to us young people. He instilled confidence and was support to all who wanted to try.
Prayers to all for peace and comfort
He will be missed.

Brady Rose
Cedar Park, TX
Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Sending my thoughts and prayers to the family. Mr. Arendell was a wonderful teacher and man. He was always so patient and a perpetual gentleman. He will be missed by many!

Valerie Lopez
Rio Rancho, NM
Monday, September 13, 2021

Mr. Arendell made such an impact on my life. He was such a wonderful teacher who truly cared about his students. I have even enjoyed sharing stories about being in his class with my son. My thoughts and prayers are with the family during this time.

Jenn Ostasiuk
Vacaville, CA
Monday, September 13, 2021

My condolences to your family. Russ was such a sweet man and I will be forever thankful for the shining light he was in our lives. Fern, I am holding you close to my heart and am praying relentlessly for you. I love you all so very much.

Austin & Melody Hoglan
Plainview, TX
Saturday, September 11, 2021

Keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. Praying God’s comfort, peace, and strength for you all. We love you and extend our deepest sympathy.

Jenny Putnam and family
Abilene, TX
Saturday, September 11, 2021

Fern, Russ, Gis and family. My heart is filled with so many emotions. An entire lifetime of relationships… as children a teeny bit of awe and fear of our parents that developed into deep, deep love and respect as adults. Our only family vacations were to see you all where you were stationed. Russ’ laughter was hearty and contagious. He was a trickster. Our daddy loved your daddy. Their friendship was uncommon among men. He loved the Lord. We will see him again in a bit… just not yet. We love you and are sorry for the empty spot here under heaven… it is only empty in body. His presence and personality live on through each of you. Blessings and deep love. Jenny

Danny Odom
Baird, TX
Friday, September 10, 2021

I want to extend my sincere sympathy to you, Fern and all of the family. I certainly enjoyed my time being your neighbor for several years. Russ was a good neibor and friend. My thougts and prayers are with you Fern. May God bless and comfort you and your family.

Krystal Baker
Lubbock, TX
Friday, September 10, 2021

Russ was such a wonderful man. He always made me feel special and like he was happy to see me when I did see him. I am so sorry. I am lifting your family up in prayer for peace and for wonderful memories to fill your sadness. Love you guys!

Kerry and Tina Rackler
San Angelo, TX
Friday, September 10, 2021

Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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