Russell Wade Granberry, 50, Topeka: Aug. 26, 1970 – Dec. 27, 2020

TOPEKA, Kan. – Russell Wade Granberry, 50, Topeka, Kan., passed away Dec. 27, 2020, at Stormont Vail Hospital, Topeka. He was born Aug. 26, 1970, in San Antonio, Texas, the son of Fred Granberry and Judith (Pancoast) Foster.

Russell grew up in San Antonio and graduated from John Marshall High School with the class of 1989. He then went on to serve his country in the United States Coast Guard from 1989 to 2005, attaining the rank of petty officer second class. Following his military service, Russell graduated from Friends University, Wichita, Kan., with a degree in accounting. During his military service he was stationed in Mobile, Ala., Elizabeth City, N.C., Oklahoma City, Okla., Cleveland, Ohio, Brookings, Ore., and Topeka. Russell was a military pay technician for the United States Coast Guard of Topeka during his working years.

On July 16, 2005, Russell was united in marriage to Marta Hedberg, at Stotler Covenant Church. They recently celebrated their 15th year of marriage.

Russell attended Topeka Bible Church, Topeka. He was a lifelong Texas Longhorns fan and in his youth a Houston Oilers fan. He loved statistics and data collecting. He loved Stratamatic sports games. He also enjoyed fantasy football and won his work league many times over the years. Recently he had begun a new hobby of Warhammer and enjoyed painting the figures. Over his years, in Kansas, he had also adopted the Kansas City Royals as his favorite baseball team.

He was preceded in death by his father, Fred Granberry.

He is survived by his wife, Marta Granberry, of Topeka; daughter, Emma Granberry, Topeka; mother, Judith Foster, San Antonio; brother, Randall Granberry, San Antonio; and a nephew, Kevin Granberry-Silva, San Antonio.

Following COVID-19 guidelines that require masks and social distancing, funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021, at Topeka Bible Church, 1135 SW College Ave. Topeka. Interment will follow at a later date at Rapp Cemetery. The service will be live streamed on the funeral home Facebook page.

The family suggests memorials to Topeka Rescue Mission, sent in care of Lamb-Roberts-Price Funeral Home, PO Box 194, Burlingame, KS 66413. See www.lamb-roberts.com.

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