RUSSELL S. DAMEWOOD GRAVESTONE PHOTO
The Altoona Tribune, Thursday, Oct. 22, 1914
Died: Oct. 19, 1914
Russell Stephen Damewood, son of Nathan and Mary Damewood, was born in Knox County, Tennessee, May 5th, 1842, died Monday, October 19th, 1914, at his home in Altoona, Kansas, after a several weeks illness. Aged 72 years, 5 months and 14 days.
He moved with his parents to Indiana at the age of 7 years and in 1856 to Taylor County, Iowa. Here he grew to manhood. He was united in marriage to Rebecca Pace, December 9th, 1860. To this union were born seven children, three boys and four girls, five of whom are living. Two of the children, Mrs. Allie Dunbar, and an infant son, Madison, having preceded him to the beyond. Those living are: H. A., and Dan. W. of Pacific Grove, California, Mrs. Martha O’Dell of Gravity, Iowa, Mrs. Chrissie Horner, of May, Oklahoma, and Mrs. Belle Troutman, of Altoona. Besides these children, he reared two orphan nieces, Mrs. Ida West, of Long Beach, California, and Mrs. Edith O’Dell of Gravity, Iowa.
In 1862 he enlisted in Co. F, 29th Iowa Infantry, and served faithfully his country for three years in the civil war.
He moved to Kansas in 1866 settling in Wilson County. At the age of nine years he was converted and united with the Methodist Episcopal Church, and continued a devout Christian and a faithful member until his death. He was active in all the duties of the church and was a member of the Board of Trustees here until his health failed him and he asked to be relieved of this duty. He was senior Vice Commander of the G. A. R. Post in Altoona.
His devoted companion, who for fifty-two years shared with him life’s joys and sorrows, the five children, and a host of relatives and friends are left to mourn his departure.
Mr. Damewood was one of Altoona’s most honored citizens. He was well liked by both young and old. He was invariably a good neighbor and his best monument will be the good report that he has left behind him in the community in which he has lived so long. He was a devoted husband and a kind father.
Funeral services were conducted at the Methodist church in Altoona last Wednesday morning by the pastor, Rev. C. H. Gerkin, assisted by Rev. W. R. McMurray. Interment was in the Altoona cemetery.