Russell Eugene Abbott

October 14, 1935 ~ April 6, 2020 (age 84)


Russell Eugene Abbott, age 84 of Crawfordsville passed away on Monday, April, 6, 2020 at his home. He was born in Headlee, Indiana on October 14, 1935 to the late Russell Paul & Odell (Bailey) Abbott.

Russell graduated from Monon High School in 1953 and later attended Porter College in Indianapolis. On April 24, 1955, in Monticello, he married the love of his life, Kay Bettymae Swartz. Throughout the years he worked at Lafayette Life Insurance and retired from Ben Hur Life Insurance Company as the computer manager. He enjoyed bowling, golfing, being a mechanic, doing anything outdoors, and worked as suite security for A.J Foyt’s Suite at the Indy 500. He was a regular pool player at the Bank Cigar Store and a member of the Young at Heart Bowling League at Plaza Lanes, the Municipal Senior Golf League, and Southmont Athletic Boosters.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Kay Abbott of Crawfordsville; three children, Rhonda (Frank) Wright-Limas of Rushford, Minnesota, Russell (Robin) Abbott of Richmond Hill, Georgia, and John Abbott of Morrow, Ohio; a sister, Willa Jo Render of Des Moines, Washington; nine grandchildren, Eric (Sara) Wright, Kristine (Mark) Jarboe, Rachelle (Matt) Rice, Ryan Abbott, Rebecca (Michael) Alvarez, Gabriel (Macon) Wright, Bailey Moak, Shelby (Cory) Donnini, and Paige Abbott; and eleven great grandchildren, Samantha, Owen, Levi, Grant, Sean, Patrick, Lilly, Oliver, Zuri, Ross, and Mallory; and his many cats.

Due to the current Covid-19 restrictions, there will be a Private Family Viewing and Private Family Graveside Service on Saturday, April 11, 2020 at Oak Hill Cemetery South. Sanders Priebe Funeral Care entrusted with care. Share memories and condolences online at


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Graveside Service
April 11, 2020

12:00 PM
Oak Hill Cemetery South

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