Russell James “Tubby” Besse

Russell James “Tubby” Besse, 89, of Caledonia, Minn., passed away on Saturday, July 15, 2017, at Franciscan Medical Center in La Crosse, Wis. He was born on May 11, 1928, in Dolan, S.D., to Guy and Wilma Besse. He married Lorraine Ryder on September 1, 1950, in Decorah, Iowa. Russell lived most of his life in Caledonia, Minn., and rural Brownsville, Minn.
Tubby worked in road construction and as an over the road truck driver, well-known by the handle “Night Crawler.” Russell and Lorraine enjoyed traveling from coast to coast, camping, the national parks, scenic drives along the Mississippi River, bird watching and tending his many bird feeders year round.
Survivors include his wife, Lorraine; daughter, Beverly (Lynn) Wenisch of Henderson, Minn.; two sons, Donald (Dorrie) Besse of Preston, Minn., and Darrin (Randy) Besse of Eagan, Minn.; and daughter-in-law, Mary Besse of Caledonia, Minn.; eleven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
Russell was preceded in death by one son, Larry Besse; four sisters; and four brothers.
In accordance with Tubby’s wishes his body will be cremated and a private celebration of life will be held for the family at a later date.
Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Homes and Crematory, Caledonia Chapel, is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be sent at