Russell Gagné, 86, Worked for Ford Tractor, Loved Racing and Traveling

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 12/29/2019 - 00:55

Russell Vincent Gagné, 86, of Saline, Michigan passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 26, 2019 with family by his side.

Russ was born February 27, 1933 to the late Charles Raul Gagné originally from St. Zacharie, Quebec, Canada and Antoinette Gagné, originally from St. Isadore, Quebec, Canada.

He is survived by his wife Joan Marie Gagné (Doherty) whom he married on May 5, 1956; his children Charlie Gagné of Dexter, Jeannine Allen (Adrian) of Grosse Pointe Farms, Tom Gagné (Tiffani) of Ferndale, and Marielle Gagné of Ypsilanti; his grandchildren Nicolaas Allen, Andrew Gagné (Ella), Joshua Gagné (Baylie), Jonathan Allen (Elizabeth), Emily Gagné, and Michael Gagné. He is also survived by his beloved sister, Charlotte Sutton of New Hudson.

Russ was long-time employee of Ford Tractor and its successors and lived in Livonia, Troy, and Bloomington, Minnesota during his career. He and Joan traveled the world during their 62 years together, including a stint in Germany while he was in the Army. He loved racing his 91 Ford Taurus SHO at various venues across the country with Joan as his navigator.

He was a member of St. Andrew the Apostle of Catholic Church of Saline. Friends are invited to celebrate Russell’s life on Friday, January 3, 2020 from 3:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at the Robison-Bahnmiller Funeral Home in Saline. 

A funeral Mass will take place on Saturday, January 4, 2020 at 10:00 A.M. at St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church in Saline, MI, with a viewing starting at 9:00 A.M. Burial will take place at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. To sign Russell's guestbook, to leave a memory, or for more information or directions please visit   

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