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Russell Chorpening

March 27, 1945 — January 17, 2022

Wellman-Russell Francis Chorpening Jr. was born March 27, 1945 in Washington, Iowa. The son of Russell Sr. and Zitta (Bush) Chorpening. He attended West Chester School and International Bible College in San Antonio, TX.


On April 4, 1969 Russell was united in marriage to Lydia Borntreger in Kalona. Russell served in the National Guard for 6 years. They lived in Sarasota, FL, Kirksville, MO, San Antonio, TX, Philippines, Shell Lake, WI until moving back to Kalona. Russell farmed,  built cabinets, and was an ordained minister who spent several years as a missionary in the Philippines. He enjoyed John Deere tractors, reading, baseball and hunting. Russell passed away Monday, January 17, 2022 at Pleasantview Home at the age of 76 years.


Russell is survived by 3 daughters; Bonita (Jerry) Jerome of Mound, MN, Valencia (Ken) Peters of Knoxville, TN and Lacinda (Chris) Damsgard of Maple Grove, MN; 11 grandchildren; a brother Richard Chorpening; two sisters; Angela McKune and Arlene Wheeler.


He was preceded in death by his wife Lydia, parents; a sister Wilda Reschly, two brothers; Russell Chorpening Jr (the 1st) and David Chorpening, two brothers-in-law Robert Wheeler and Gary McKune; a sister-in-law Anne Chorpening.


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