Russell C. Baldwin
Memorial services for Russell C. Baldwin, age 84 of Creighton, Nebraska, will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 1, 2014, at the United Methodist Church in Creighton, with the Reverend Beverly Lanzendorf officiating.
Military Honors will be conducted by VFW Post #1151 and American Legion Post 74, both of Creighton.
Visitation will be two hours prior to services at the United Methodist Church in Creighton.
Brockhaus Funeral Home of Creighton is in charge of arrangements.
Russell died Monday, February 17, 2014, at the Avera Creighton Care Centre in Creighton.
Russell Creston Baldwin, son of Austin and Jessie (LaBranche) Baldwin, was born January 29, 1930, at Creighton, Nebraska. Russell graduated from Creighton High School with the Class of 1947. He then went on to earn a bachelors in engineering and then a masters degree in electrical engineering from UCLA after serving in the Marines.
During the Korean War from 1950 until 1954, Russell served in the United States Marines. It was during his time in the service that he met and then married Inez Virden of McCoy, Colorado. Inez was a Naval Corpman (medic) and they had a military matrimonial ceremony on November 27, 1953, at Camp Pendleton, California. They spent the first few years of their married life in the Los Angles area. Later, Russell and Inez lived several places in the United States, including Culver City, California; Littleton, Colorado; and Alvin, Texas. They returned to Nebraska in 1973 where they lived in Center until Russell's birthplace and childhood home on a farm near Creighton, Nebraska, was remodeled. Russell and Inez resided in his hometown of Creighton until the time of his passing.
Russell had a productive professional career as an electrical engineer working for Lockheed Martin in California, then NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Notable accomplishments during this time included work on the first aeronautical computer, programming an algorithm for one of the first satellites to be launched, and working with a team of astronomers in McDonald Observatory near El Paso, Texas.
Russell was a member of the American Legion. During his time after returning to Creighton, he lived and farmed southeast of Creighton, and also ranched near Center, Nebraska. Russell taught science and math for the Nebraska Indian Community College for over a decade, teaching on three campuses at Santee, Winnebago, and Macy.
Russell's interests and favored activities were copious. He loved anything his family was involved in, spending many days and nights at baseball and volleyball games. He also loved children, animals, astronomy, roller-skating, horses, math, reading, physics, quantum physics, riding horses and wine making, to name a few. He enjoyed and celebrated diversity in thoughts and ideas and prioritized humane dignity over dogma.
Russell passed away Monday, February 17, 2014, at the Avera Creighton Care Centre, attaining the age of 84 years and 19 days.
Russell is survived by his wife of over 60 years, Inez Baldwin of Creighton, Nebraska; three children, Ward (Christine) Baldwin of Center, Nebraska, Ruth (John) Cronin of Elkhorn, Nebraska, and Carryl Baldwin (Raja Parasuraman) of Falls Church, Virginia; six grandsons, Russell (Krista) Baldwin, Travis (Courtney) Berglund, Austin Baldwin, Connor Baldwin, John Cronin, and Marcus Cronin; three great-grandchildren, Paeton, Kaleb, and Cailea; brother, Roland (Jan) Baldwin; and sisters-in-law, Carolyn (Mrs. Arthur) Baldwin and Lois (Mrs. Kenneth) Baldwin.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Austin and Jessie Baldwin; and brothers, Allen, Kenneth, and Arthur Baldwin.
A scholarship has been established in Russell's name, which will be awarded to a graduating senior from Creighton High School. Memorials to the scholarship may be directed to: Russell C. Baldwin College Scholarship Fund, c/o Midwest Bank, 606 Main Street, P.O. Box 60, Creighton, Nebraska 68729.