Russell L. "Russ/Rusty/ Pappy" Baptiste

August 29, 1957 ~ November 20, 2022 (age 65) 65 Years Old
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Russell L. (Russ/Rusty/Pappy) Baptiste died on Sunday November 20, 2022 at 5:20 am at his home in Shelocta. He was 65. 

Born in Butler on August 29, 1957, he was the son of Raymond C. and Blanche E. (George) Baptiste. He was a 1976 graduate of Butler Senior High School. 

He loved being at home spending time with his wife and family and his dog, Hickory. He enjoyed gardening, canning and preserving food, making wine, barbecuing, cooking, taking walks, just being in the woods, hunting (especially archery and spring gobbler season), bluegrass music, learning to play the violin and American history. 

He retired from Snyder Brothers, Inc. of Kittanning. 

Russ was a member of Harvest Church of Kittanning where he served as an Elder. Russ had such a strong gift of faith in his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, that it conveyed into much peace for him and his family and friends during his life (Hebrews 10:23) 

Russ is survived by his wife Debbie, whom he married on September 15, 1979 and their two daughters Holly (Justin) Reiter and Jenna (Todd) Walker; 5 grandchildren Tatum, Paisley and Trevor Reiter and Tucker and Bentley Walker; three brothers, Ray (Marylee) Baptiste of Largo, FL, Terry (Joanne) Baptiste of Fenelton and Marty (Marlene) Baptiste of Butler; and several nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his parents and a nephew Daniel J. Baptiste. 

A special thanks to family, friends, old and new neighbors, Harvest Church, AHN Cancer Institute of Kittanning and Heritage Hospice of New Kensington for their love, care and comfort for Russ and his family. 

Russ’s “Celebration of Life Service” will take place Wednesday November 23, 2022 at 6:30 pm at Harvest Church in Kittanning, to be conducted by his pastor, Dr. Michael Greiner. 

All memorial gifts can be sent to Harvest Church, 143 Reed Road, Kittanning, PA 16201 or at (Under give/memory of) 

A private burial service will take place for just the immediate family.

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Celebration of Life
November 23, 2022

6:30 PM
Harvest Community Church
143 Reed Road
Kittanning, PA 16201

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In Loving Memory Of

Russell Baptiste

August 29, 1957-November 20, 2022

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