On June 29, 1945, Russ Haaland Jr. was born to Russ and Verneta (Beck) Haaland. He then went home to the family farm near Rossie, IA until he graduated in 1963. Although he would live in various places during his lifetime he said Rossie would always be “home”. During high school, Russ was a saxophone player for marching and concert band and participated in FFA. Upon Graduation, Russ went to Iowa State University, graduating in 1967, with a degree in agriculture with an emphasis on animal science. While there Russ met and married Donna, a fellow student at Iowa State. After moving to Chicago, they had two daughters, Tracy and Wendy. It was here Russ would find his dream job working for the Chicago Board of Trade as a research analyst, with an emphasis on corn and beans. After they divorced, Russ remained in Chicago until he developed Crohn’s. This took him back to Iowa, eventually to the University of Iowa Hospitals where he agreed to be a test subject for various avenues of research for Crohn’s. His Crohn’s was eventually relieved through surgery. He remained in Iowa, working various jobs ending with a fifteen year stint driving semi for Ruan Transportation. It was during this time he met his wife Leoma Chamberlain. Now retired, they enjoyed doing things together like dishing up and delivering meals on wheels for about 7 years, working for the Clay County Fair for ten plus years and transporting clients to various medical appointments (Russ‘ favorite was driving them to Iowa City)! Russ and Leoma were members of the Greenville Congregational Church.
Russ entered Northshire Residence May 2021 and passed away there January 2022. Preceding him in death are his parents, in-laws, aunts and uncles, cousins Marc, Steve and Ted Guthrie of Milford and John and Paul Haaland.
He is survived by his wife Leoma, brother Goeff (wife Connie); sisters: Marneta Miller (husband Dick) and Jacalyn Haaland (husband Alan Dandy); Leoma’s brother, Lee Ketcham (wife Nancy) and uncle Ed Guthrie. Also surviving are Russ’ daughters Tracy (her sons Jack and Max) and Wendy (her sons Charlie and Griffin); Leoma’s son Bradley Chamberlain and Leoma’s daughter Brenda Reeves (son Alister); other relatives and friends.