Russell Wyman Spearman

July 3, 1931 — August 27, 2020

Russell Wyman Spearman


     Russell Wyman Spearman of Waukee, Iowa was born July 3, 1931 in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, son of De Vere Wyman Spearman and Anna Farr Spearman.

     Russell graduated from Salem High School in Salem, Iowa in 1949 and went on to attend Iowa Wesleyan College in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa from 1949-1950.  He served in the Iowa National Guard out of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa from July 1948 to September 1956. Russell married Le Ila (Le) Garmoe in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa on July 3, 1953.

     Russell spent over 60 years in banking in Hillsboro, Iowa, Humeston, Iowa, Mason City, Iowa, Plainfield, Iowa, Osceola, Iowa and Citizens Bank, Sac City, Iowa as President for 30 years. From October 1996 to August 2011, Russell was under contract with the American Bankers Association as a Member Relations Consultant in Iowa.

     Russell was active with the Iowa Bankers Association, having served two terms on the Board of Directors, one as Treasurer and the other as a Board Member from Group 1.  He also served on the Board of Iowa Bankers Mortgage Corporation for 15 years.

     Russell is survived by his wife Le Ila (Le) Spearman and four children; Diana (Dena) Maxwell and her husband Paul of Woodstock, IL, James (Jim) Spearman and his wife Yild Alarcon Spearman, of Tagatay, Philippines, Robert (Robb) Spearman and his wife Sock Hoon of West Des Moines, IA, and Catherine (Cathy) and her husband Douglas of Hinsdale, IL; 12 grandchildren; Whitney Maxwell, Dane Maxwell, Keely Maxwell Pedersen, Cara Spearman Lambeth, Jacob (Jake) Spearman, Robert (Robbie) Spearman, Rachel Li , Andrea Li, Ondrea Li, Jacob Duba, Natalie Duba and Therese Spearman, and also eight great-grandchildren; Logan Potter, Duncan Potter, Abigail Potter, Everly Maxwell-Poole, Jace Pedersen, Jaden Pedersen, Jones Pedersen, and Jethro Pedersen.  

     In lieu of flowers the family requests a donation to your choice of a favorite charity. 

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