Russell “Russ” Leroy Wynn, Jr., 60, of Watsontown, entered into rest at 4:01 a.m., Wednesday, January 3, 2024, at his home.
He was born March 7, 1963, in Sunbury, a son of Russell L., Sr. and Donna (Hay) Wynn, of Sunbury. In August 2009, he met his soul mate Michael Haven and they were married on September 2, 2017.
Russ was a 1981 graduate of Shikellamy High School, attended Penn State University and graduated from Susquehanna University with a bachelor’s degree in music education. He was also an adjunct professor at Bucknell University and Lycoming College.
He was employed as a choral music teacher and head of the drama department at Milton School District for 27 years, until he retired in 2018.
Russ was an active member at Saint Paul's @ The Farm, United Church of Christ, Lewisburg, where he served as minister of music. Initially he began his Music Ministry as Choir Director at Zion Lutheran Church, Turbottville, followed with many years at Saint Andrew’s United Methodist Church, Milton.
He started his ministry as a Lay pastor for the United Methodist Church in Snowshoe. He was often called on to lead the youth ministry for Lay Witness Missions throughout PA. He served as the youth minister for Christ Community United Methodist Church, Selinsgrove.
Russ’s faith and ministry through music are what filled his life. His joy and passion for music were contagious and his faith was always evident whether he was directing a church choir, or a school play. He often shared his faith through music in many performances and solo events.
Surviving in addition to his husband and parents, are two sisters and one brother-in-law, Deborah Weiser of Herndon, and Diane and Todd VanKirk of Northumberland; one niece and four nephews; three step-children, Jessica Haven/Orlowski and husband Matthew, Jenna Haven and fiance Ben Garfinkel, and Jacob Haven; and step-grandson, Arlen Orlowski.
He was preceded in death by one brother-in-law, Randall Weiser.
A memorial celebration followed by a luncheon will be conducted at 11AM, Saturday, February 3, at Saint Paul's @ The Farm, United Church of Christ, 50 Brookpark Circle, Lewisburg, with Rev. Timothy Hogan-Palazzo, officiating.
In lieu of flowers, an Endowment Scholarship Fund with the Milton SD is being created and will be available soon through the Milton Savings Bank to continue Russ’s Legacy in inspiring students to follow their aspirations in Choral Music and/or Performance Theatre.
Also, memorial gifts may be made to the Saint Paul's @ The Farm, United Church of Christ,
50 Brookpark Circle, Lewisburg, PA 17837.
Memorial Celebration arrangements are by Roupp Funeral Home, Inc., 8594 Old Turnpike Road., Mifflinburg.
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