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Russell J. McCune

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Russell J. McCune, 65, of Barberton passed away July 16, surrounded by family and friends. He was born June 10, 1951, in Barberton, to the late Russell and Jean (Lynn) McCune. Russ graduated from Barberton High School in 1969 and attended Kent State and The University of Akron. For 11 years, he worked at Seiberling and rounded out his professional career with the City of Barberton. Russ served on the Barberton City School Board for 16 years. He believed in the spirit of community and the empowerment of youth. Taking away any barrier to participate, Russ championed scores of fundraisers to ensure children could participate in athletics. His heart was on the hardwood as a player, coach and referee while also coaching baseball and as founder of the Barberton Gridiron Club. Though he would never say it, he was an advisor and mentor to so many. His guidance and passion for those in this community lives on in all of those he knew and loved. Russ was generous, thoughtful, respectful and comedic but above all else, was all heart. Russ is survived by his wife and love of his life, Jill (nee: Edgar); daughter, Lindsay (Chad) of Avon Lake and son, Russ of Willoughby. The family will receive friends Saturday, July 23, 2-6 p.m., at Cox-McNulty Funeral Home, 222 Norton Avenue, Barberton. A memorial service will follow at 6 p.m. at Cox-McNulty Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution may be made in Russ’s honor to the American Cancer Society 3500 Embassy Parkway, Suite 150 Fairlawn, OH 44333 or National Kidney Foundation P.O. Box 45099 Westlake, OH 44145.



  1. David W Seese on July 20, 2016 at 6:19 pm

    To Jill and the kids, My prayers and thought are with you.. Russ was a teammate, and friend to everyone!! God bless,
    David Seese
    Barberton High School (1970)

  2. Darlene Roesler Fletcher on July 19, 2016 at 7:39 pm

    RIP, Russ. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

  3. Bruce Maczko on July 19, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    Russ was one of the best of best, and also one of a group of guys I looked up to as a kid! Always remember Jill, you were blessed with the best!
    Bruce Maczko

  4. Barb Bakita on July 19, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    So very sorry to hear of Russ passing. Thoughts and prayers Jill to you and the family. Barb (Fisher) Bakita

  5. Jimmielee Vires on July 19, 2016 at 11:25 am

    Love this man, love this family. We lost a great one with his passing. I looked up to this man as did many others. I hope to give to this world what he was able to. This one hurts.

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