Russell Lee Hein

June 24, 1934


October 25, 2020

Russell Lee Hein

June 24, 1934


October 25, 2020

Russell Lee Hein, age 86, of Billings, passed away on Oct. 25, 2020.

Russ was born on June 24, 1934, to Alex and Mary Hein in Billings. He was one of eight children and was raised on the south side of Billings throughout his youth. His father passed away when Russ was in high school, but he continued on to graduate from Billings Senior High School in 1954. Russ followed the family tradition of playing football and excelled at sports, like his brothers.

Following high school, he worked for the Billings City Engineers for two years, when he was drafted into the Army in 1956. He served two years in the Army before returning home to the love his life, Barbara Pederson. They married May 7, 1960, and began their family.

To this union, three sons were born. Brad, Brent, and Gregory Hein were the apple of Russ’s eye and he made a point to teach them everything from golf, fishing and woodworking. Russ and Barbara grew their family in Billings, and built their home, where he lived until his passing.

Russ worked in sales for most of his life and made friends at every stop along the way. His big smile and infectious humor were quick to make people flock to him and he relished every moment of it.

After retirement, he worked part time serving for the local school district #2 and loved his work.

Russ had a passion for his family and his yard (we are sometimes uncertain of the order), and we know that he is looking down on us while he meticulously maintains the grounds of Heaven.

Russ is preceded in death by his parents; his siblings Robert, Louise, Herb, Milly, Phyllis, Marvin and Gary. He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Barbara; his sons, Brad (Julie), Brent, Gregory (Stephanie); grandchildren Michelle (Cameron), Shannon, Tanner, Tori, Riley, Brady, Trinity and Kellen; great-granddaughters Charlotte and Scarlett.

A family wake will take place followed by a memorial service in the spring.

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10 thoughts on “Russell Lee Hein”

  1. Russ was always a hoot to be around. He was always smiling & funny. He had a talent working with wood. We Thompson’s have a piece or two of his art which I am grateful for.
    Russ, rest in peace. You will be missed. Please keep an eye on those golfers on Sundays. Let them know you are watching on occasion. ♥️🙏♥️

    1. Russ always looked forward to golfing in AZ with Brad’s golf crew. You all welcomed him and put up with his shenanigans!

  2. Know that the residents of Christmas Wreath Lane will miss Russ greatly. We all have many good memories of Russ helping with the various projects over the years. He will be missed.

  3. Barb and family, Bob and I are saddened to learn of Russ passing. He was a wonderful man filled with humor, we loved the chicken dance, and he loved a good joke. He will be missed by all who knew him. We have many good memories. May he rest in peace, and may God bring comfort to all of you. Bob and JoAnn McGrath

  4. Jeri Gunlickson Dalbec

    So Sad and Sorry to read about my old School Friend. Just such a great guy and so much fun. Sorry Barb and family. He was the best.

  5. Barb, Brad, Brent, and Family,
    I am so very sorry to hear of Russ’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Russ was and incredible Man and Nieghbor! I will always remember his laughter and smile. I treasure the memory of him taking Brad and I up fishing on the Boulder river. It’s the small thing in life that count ! And Russ made a huge impact !

  6. We’re (rat pack) going to miss you a lot at the golf course. I lived one block from Russ on the southside since i moved there at age 5 and here we were, still golfing together.

  7. Mac & Carole Gabel Baade

    Our deepest condolences to the family of Russell Hein. My father, Ed Gabel, Sr., was the younger brother of Mary, Russ’s mother. His smiling face brings back early memories of his positive views of life and laughter. May he rest in peace.
    Mac & Carole Gabel Baade

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