Former Haltec Owner Edward Russell Dies

April 12, 2023

Edward Russell, the former owner of Haltec Corp., recently died at the age of 90.

Born in Akron, Ohio, to Bruce Russell and Maxine Spurgeon and raised by Maxine and Mike Fair, Russell graduated from The University of Akron in 1956.

After serving in the U.S. Air Force for three years, he returned to Akron and launched a successful career in sales, working at BFGoodrich for four years before spending more than 20 years at Schrader Automotive.

In 1985, Russell purchased Haltec, a manufacturer of specialty valves and accessories.

"His legacy lives on there - having built the company into an internationally respected manufacturer and distributor," according to his obituary.

Preceded by his first wife, Loucille Niemann, and his stepson, Michael Fenwick, he is survived by his wife, Maureen Harrison-Russell; sons Michael Russell and Mark Russell; stepchildren Laurie Mellion, Kevin Fenwick and Tim (Linda) Fenwick; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.

Calling hours will take place at 4 p.m. EST on Thursday, April 13, at Hennessy Funeral Home; 552 N. Main St., in Akron. Funeral will take place there on April 14 at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made The University of Akron Athletic Department or Summa Health Hospice Center.