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Rusty Russell

May 5, 1956 — March 27, 2023

Rusty Russell; born May 5, 1956 in Casper, Wyoming, died in Tulsa on March 27, 2023 from lung cancer.


Rusty was a gifted professional writer and photographer, but his passion was music, especially jazz guitar. He was a touring musician, proficient song writer and a teacher/mentor of aspiring artists in Nashville.


In his 35-year career he recorded with distinguished performers, wrote for the Grand Ole Opry and was the Nashville Editor at Guitar Player Magazine. Among his achievements, Rusty was honored to improve the field for all musicians through volunteer work in the Nashville Musicians Association (AFM Local 257). A very special person, Rusty's unique communication abilities coupled with his love of teaching and marvelous wit brought joy and confidence to all who knew him.


He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Lynn Questell, sister Marcie McKenzie, nephew James McKenzie and James' wife Apryl.


Friends are invited to Schaudt's Glenpool-Bixby Funeral Service, 1329 E. 151st St. Glenpool, OK 74033, on Friday, March 31, 2023 at 1:00pm for a memorial service.  In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to Nashville Musicians Association (AFM Local 257), German Shepherd Rescue, No Kid Hungry, or your favorite charity.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Rusty Russell, please visit our flower store.

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Friday, March 31, 2023

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Schaudt’s Glenpool-Bixby Funeral Service & Cremation Care Centers

1329 East 151st Street South, Glenpool, OK 74033

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