He was born on March 11, 1936 in Milwaukee, son of the late Carl and LaVonne (Daily) Gerhard. He served his country in the US Navy. Russ owned and operated Steel King, New London from 1969-1985 and also owned and operated the Rainbow Supper Club, New London for 16 years, 1984-1999. He also worked at the New London High School for 10 years and served on the New London Utility Commission for 10 years.
He is survived by a son, Dan (Lorna) Gerhard, Appleton; four step-grandchildren: Quincy, Leighlè, Deneè, and Julia; great-grandchildren: Hanna, Suzu, Avalon, Peyton, Aryanah, Zahne, Ari and Benjamin. His parents and a sister Sharon preceded him in death.
As per Russ’ wishes, no service will be held.
The Cline & Hanson Funeral Home in New London is serving the family. www.clinehansonfuneralhome.com