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Russell M. Baugher

d. February 24, 2022

Russell M. Baugher passed away on Thursday, February 24, 2022, peacefully with his family at his side.

He was born to Harold & Ruth Baugher, Sr on March 30, 1937 in Springfield IL.

Russell married Constance J. Eilks on October 23, 1959 and they had three children.

Russell spent many years being a large equipment operator with Doyle and Pottorf Construction and fondly remembers building roads, subdivisions and bluffs throughout Menard and Mason County. After his father’s death in the early 70’s, Russell joined his brothers as owner/operators of Baugher Implement and retired from there in 2007 when the business was closed.

Russell was an avid conservationist and storyteller, who also enjoyed hunting, fishing, restoring old tractors and spending time with his children and grandchildren.

At his request; Russell will be cremated with his ashes being spread at the patch in a private ceremony to be held at a later date.

He is survived by his wife, Constance, of 62 years; children: Randy Baugher (companion Sheryl Garfat), Reggie (Nancy) Baugher and Cindy (Kami Becker) Baugher; five grandsons: Zachary, Brent, Lucas, Skyler and Chance and four great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two sisters Norma (Herman) Cramer and Annabelle (Tony) Wood and one brother, Harold (Peggy) Baugher, Jr.

He is preceded in death by his granddaughter, Jessie and his brothers George and Orville.

In lieu of a funeral service Russell would like for you to remember him by telling a story or a joke with a smile. Memorial donations can be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Mott & Henning Funeral Home is assisting the family. On-line condolences can be shared at


  1. Our hearts go out to you. Russell was such a sweet man and jokster.
    He will be Sadly missed.

    The Neavill family

    Larry & Linda

    Jan Neavill Halford

  2. Wonderful neighbors for such a long time . So many memories made with Russ and Connie . My heart and prayers go out to the family . May he rest peacefully with Jessie 🙏🏻

  3. I am so sorry to see this. My deepest condolences to Russell’s loved ones.

  4. I remember Cindy’s dad with a perpetual smile. Always made you feel welcome by being happy to see you. Once, Cindy and l went fishing and he was helping us get underway. He just smiled and shook his head when l told him l didn’t want to touch the bait. As he left he patted Cindy on the back and said, “Good luck with this one!”
    A great guy that will be greatly missed! Prayers to his family. Love, Dee Hoard

  5. Always enjoyed visiting with Russell and listening to his stories. Sympathy to the family.

  6. Russ was one of those people who made this world BETTER! I was recently sharing a story of his generosity to my son during the hardest time of his life. (It involved the gift of a TRACTOR!!) ❤️ Russ, Connie, and the whole Baugher family are high on our “favorite people” list❣️ Hugs and prayers to all!

  7. I am so sorry for your lose. Russell was a great man and I was honored to have known him and to have spent time with him. He treated me like I was family . I will see you in the happy hunting grounds some day.

  8. Please accept my sympathy Connie and family. This is a hard time. May God bless and keep you and give you peace.

  9. A great man has entered the heavens. He was a very, very special person. His smile was infectious and his words were genuine.

  10. Our deepest sympathy to all the Baugher boys & Connie! Sending up prayers & comfort for all

  11. Deepest sympathy. Our hearts and prayers go out to you, Kat and Dan.

  12. Connie, my deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family. I smile when I think of Russel. He had a big personality and will be remembered, by so many, as a person who didn’t know a stranger. Hugs and prayers to you, old friend.

  13. Randy, Reggie, Cindy, Connie, and the rest of the Baugher family,

    It is with a profound sadness I read this news of Russell’s passing today. Such a wonderful friend to many and a true friend of the natural world. I will miss the days sitting on the sandbar or meeting at the Patch and hearing his stories. He was always interested in whatever research I was doing and what scientist I was bringing to his property which he so graciously gave me permission to conduct over the years. I will miss (but never forget) those chance meetings in wilds of Menard County (and catching catfish off the sandbar)!
    Rest peacefully my friend, you will be missed!

  14. Heaven got a good one, What a great impact he left on so many people, I will miss you driving by my home and stopping to share a quick story on your drives. You are missed
    Bob Church and family

  15. My sympathy to the Baugher family. May he rest in peace.

  16. So sorry for your loss. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

    Greg and Shelly Roat

  17. Reggie, Nancy & the whole Baugher family, I am so sorry for your loss. He was such a great guy & will be so very missed. My thoughts & prayers are with you all.

  18. To all the Baugher family, our thoughts & prayers are with you at this time. Memories go way back to early years when both of our Dads traded ‘red’ at Baugher Implement. Then came memories of the next generation trading ‘red’ with us. Russell was always friendly and would even stop when passing the farm. We enjoyed his knowledge of Native American artifacts. He will be greatly missed. Sincerely, Al & Marilyn

  19. Connie, my condolences to you and your family. Russell always had the best hunting and fishing stories.

  20. Sorry to hear about Russell I have a lot of fond memories and had a lot of fun times with Russell great guy sometime when you got time to stop by the barbershop and talk to me Connie

  21. Thoughts and prayers with the family at this time, spent many happy hours with Russ over the years, just a 1st rate man in every way, he will be missed never forgotten..

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