Cory Russell


Cory Allen Russell, 34, of Iowa City, Iowa, passed away in his sleep, on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013.  Funeral service were held Tuesday, Jan. 22, at Lensing Funeral and Cremation, Iowa City.  Memorial donations may be directed to Goodwill Industries.

Cory Boy started life with a diagnosis of Cardiomyopathy, but to anyone that knew him, they would tell you it never slowed him down. Cory loved being independent and making his own way in life. He loved bowling and lived for league night. Cory also bowled on his dad’s team in Texas when he visited. Cory’s zest for life made you smile just watching him. 

There was not much about WWE that Cory couldn’t tell you about either. He loved to do ceramics, and we all have treasured pieces that he made for us over the years.  He got a lot of joy making people happy. He was our joy, Cory was kind and loving, and as a final gift of love and kindness, he gave of himself through The Donor Network.  Cory’s optimism kept us all focused on what was really important. 

Cory was born on Oct. 19, 1978 in Houston, Texas.  He graduated from Clear Lake High School in Clear Lake, Iowa. 

Cory is survived by his parents, Lauri and Joseph Chizek of Round Rock, Texas; a sister, Courtney Russell of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and her son, Jackson; cousin, JC (Mariette) Dalrymple who Cory loved as a brother; Sandra Treadway (the Mamms) of Clear Lake; aunts, Pam (Adam) Reynolds, Cathy (Kevin) Foley, Herschel and Glenda Haynie, who Cory loved as an aunt and uncle; Wanda (Dan) McLaughlin, Diane (Dave) Fenton, and Ruth Fisher; uncles, Mark Treadway, Jim Dalrymple, Paul (Becky) Chizek, Dennis Chizek, and David Chizek; and many cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Robert Treadway; Bob Oliphant, who Cory loved as a grandfather; and grandparents, Walter and Marceline Chizek. 

     Cory was a wonderful son, brother, grandson, uncle, nephew and friend. 

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