Bryan Andrew Russell, 6, recently of Camp Lejeune, Jacksonville, NC, died in his sleep Saturday, November 2, 2013. He was born June 23, 2007 in DeKalb, IL and was the loving son of Melissa Burski (nee Mishler), wife of HM3 (FMF) Richard Burski, of Jacksonville, NC; and Robert B Russell, husband of Ana B Russell (nee Ortiz) of Elgin, IL.
Bryan's favorite color was blue and he loved to dress up in his costumes and attend school. While often the leader of the pack, he was also the comedian who enjoyed making everyone laugh. He had a way of embracing everyone and everything in his life with abandon, and he will forever be remembered for his love of family, pizza, and mac n'cheese with hotdogs, but not necessarily in that order.
Bryan was preceded in death by his grandfather, Richard Russell, of Carrollton, AL. Survivors include his grandparents Mick and Karen Mishler of Cortland, IL, Debbie Russell of St Louis, Tom and Pam Burski of DeKalb; three siblings, Marcela Sadie Ortiz, Maddox Ortiz, and Peyton Sole Ortiz of Elgin, IL; one aunt, Amanda (Paul) Sileo of St Louis; and three uncles, Shaun (Beritzabet) Mishler of DeKalb, Favio Ortiz of Buffalo Grove, and Steven (Amanda) Burski of DeKalb.
Visitation will be 10am to Noon followed by a memorial service from Noon to 1:30pm on Saturday, November 16, 2013 at First United Methodist Church, 321 Oak St, DeKalb, IL 60115. Burial will be private.