Russell L. Heytens, 95, lifelong resident of Superior, died peacefully, Sunday, August 16, 2020 at Villa Marina Health and Rehabilitation in Superior.He was born in Superior, November 5, 1924, the son of Wilfred and Edna (Lozon) Heytens. He graduated high school and went on to serve his country honorably in the United States Navy during WWII. He worked as a switchman for the Chicago Northwest Railroad, retiring in 1984 after thirty-six years of dedicated service. Russell was united in marriage to Dorothy Stefanko, July 12, 1952, and they recently celebrated sixty-eight years of marriage before his passing. He was a longtime active member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, and was the oldest living member of the Belgian Club in Superior. He was also a past member of St. Francis Travelers and the Superior Moose Club #606, and he and Dorothy enjoyed their winters together in Florida and Arizona. He is survived by his beloved wife, Dorothy Heytens, Superior, WI; daughter, Geri (Gary) Behrendt, South Range, WI; son, Ron (Annette Ojala) Heytens, Superior, WI; grandchildren, Zachary and Dominick; great-granddaughter, Lillian Belle; sisters, Eileen Flyen, Arla Conner, and Janet (Gary) Haack; brother, Paul (Gloria) Heytens; and several nieces and nephews.He is preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Robert, Charlie, Richard, and Roger Heytens. Due to COVID-19 restrictions on group gatherings, services for Russell will be held at a later date. The Lenroot-Maetzold Funeral Home, 1209 E. 5th Street, Superior is assisting the family with arrangements. To leave a condolence or sign the guestbook, please visit our website at www.lenroot-maetzold.com.
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