Ashtan William Russell, age 16, of Bellville, passed away Sunday, February 3, 2019 at Grant Medical Center following injuries sustained in a work accident.
On October 7, 2002, Ashtan was born in Galion, Ohio, a son of Ami R. (George) Russell and Shane T. Russell. He was currently a sophomore at Northmor High School, where he was a member of the FFA.
Growing up, Ashtan enjoyed playing baseball and basketball. He liked to run, a lot, play with his Hot Wheels cars in the dirt and ride bikes with his brother. He also spent a lot of time baking with his mom.
For the past year Ashtan enjoyed his time working for Algire Chicken Farm in Fredericktown. He had found his calling and knew what he wanted to do with his life.
Ashtan loved being outdoors taking care of and riding his horses, mushroom hunting, fishing, camping and swimming. He and his brother liked to spend time together destroying stuff and riding four-wheelers. When he wasn’t outdoors, he would spend hours on his Farm Simulator on Xbox or watching YouTube videos.
Most of the time, Ashtan was a quiet and shy young man. He always put a smile on everyone’s face and could crack some great jokes. He was the best lip-syncer you ever saw.
Ashtan was so excited to become an uncle this coming July. He told his brother he would babysit for him but he wasn’t changing diapers. He said he was going to be the coolest uncle ever.
Ashtan will be dearly missed by his mom, Ami (Jeremy Kaufman) Russell of Bellville; his father, Shane (Ashley) Russell of Fredericktown; his brother, Tristan (Alexis Frazier) Russell of Bellville; his girlfriend, Michaela Wilson of Johnsville; his grandparents: Todd Russell of Bellville, Vivian(Dave) Troyer of Bellville, Bob (Luann) George of Mount Gilead, Rhonda Garris(Richard) of Lexington; aunts and uncles: Samantha (Roman) Troyer of Bellville, Holly Russell of Mansfield, Wendi (Jack) Conners of Mount Gilead, Alan (Jamie) George of Lexington, Adam (Mary Lee) George of Lexington; his German Shepherd, Rugar; and numerous cousins.
Ashtan’s family will greet friends from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, February 7, 2019, at the Snyder Funeral Homes, Craven Chapel, 67 N. Main St., Mount Gilead. Services to honor and celebrate his life will be held there at 11:00 a.m. on Friday with Pastor Donnie Akers officiating. Burial will follow in Bryn Zion Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Snyder Funeral Homes to assist the family with funeral expenses.
Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Ashtan’s family, and your special memories or condolences may be shared with them by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com .