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August 5, 2020

5/8/2020 7:29:00 AM
Russell J. Fish

Russell J. Fish, age 74, of Rhinelander, passed away peacefully at home on May 3, 2020. Russ was born on Aug., 21, 1945 to Walter and Gertie (Delano) Fish. He graduated from Rhinelander High School in 1963. Russ proudly served in the U.S. Army from 1966 to 1968 where he served in Panama during the Vietnam War.

He married his high school sweetheart, Jean Carlson, in March 1968 and they enjoyed 52 years of marriage. He started at Rhinelander Paper Mill in 1965 and after his service continued to work with all of his closest friends until his retirement in 2007.

Russ was an avid outdoors man. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, trapping, camping and shooting trap. He especially enjoyed his yearly trip to Canada hunting waterfowl. Also, he loved catfishing. He spent many mornings on the water in pursuit of the mighty "catfish". Russ advocated and taught those just learning the outdoors to be respectful and do it the "right" way. Russ had many friends that he had met through his journey in life. He will be missed greatly.

Russ is survived by his wife, Jean; son, Ryan (Sonya) and grandchildren Sofia and Emmett and many nieces and nephews. Russell is also survived by his siblings Gary (Sherry), Elaine and LeRoy. He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Tara, son Joshua, sisters Sandra and Evelyn and brother Rodger.

There will be no formal services at this time for Russ due to the current situation. You may leave your private condolences for the Fish family at

The Carlson Funeral Home(715-369-1414) is handling the arrangements for the Fish family.

Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, May 9, 2020
Article comment by: Brian Larson

To my friend, Russ. Enjoy your flight with the ducks and geese. I will miss you.

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