68, of Cranston, RI passed away Thursday, May 21, 2020 at Rhode Island Hospital. Born in New Orleans, he was the son of William F. Brunner and Daisy (Renazco). Following 8 years of service in the U.S. Air Force, he worked for 36 years as a Field Service Engineer for Varian Medical Systems, servicing radiation therapy equipment throughout the Northeast. He was the beloved husband of 35 years to Beverly (Blessley), and is survived by daughter Tonya Dodd of New Orleans and her husband Brian, daughter Stephanie Brunner and her fiance Benjamin Perodeau, son Samuel Brunner and his wife Jacqueline, and son Steven Brunner, all of Rhode Island. He will also be dearly missed by his five sisters, two granddaughters, nieces, nephews and many more family members and friends. Russell was a natural fixer of all broken things, and always delighted family and friends with his passion for cooking. He will be remembered fondly for his strength, grit, humor, and affectionate nature. In light of current restrictions, all services will be private. Donations in Russell’s memory to Special Olympics RI would be greatly appreciated.
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