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Russell M. Haleen

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From page A2 | August 23, 2013 | 2 Comments

Russell Haleen 1

May 26, 1956 — Aug. 16, 2013

After a long and valiant fight with cancer, Russ went to be with his Savior. He was born and raised in California. He graduated from Rim of the World High school in Lake Arrowhead, then moved to Placerville, Calif., where he worked in construction with his dad. This was when he met his wife, Bonnie, while trying out for a musical she was directing. That led to many leading rolls on stage, both in Coeur d’Alene and California. Most will remember him as Tevye in “Fiddler on the Roof,” the Captain in “The Sound of Music,” Johnny Brown in “The Unsinkable Molly Brown,” and Charlie Brown in “You’re a Good Man C.B.,” for which he won a best actor Elly Award. Though his work was with heavy equipment, Russ was an artist — whether grading earth, acting and singing, or building sets, both for my endeavors and the CDA Summer Theater. His special gift was making people laugh.

Russ is survived by his wife, Bonnie; and his brother, David Haleen. He was preceded in death by his sister, Patricia Haleen; and his father and mother, Floyd and Jo Haleen.

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  • Chris H.August 31, 2013 - 6:50 pm

    Rest in peace Russ. Sad to read this, but rejoicing that you are in heaven.

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  • Daniel SeagondollarAugust 31, 2013 - 9:51 pm

    Russ was my friend for forty years. We laughed together, rode dirtbikes together and after word laughed at each other. I will miss my friend and cherish his memory for the richness he added to my life. Gods Speed Russ.

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