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Russell Tratebas, of Kouts, died Sunday, Aug. 7, 2005 in Kankakee, Ill. he was 83.

He was born Oct. 6, 1921 at Tratebas Mill on Tratebas Rd. in Jackson Twp., the son of John and Opal Adelia (Barber) Tratebas II, both of whom preceded him in death.

On June 23, 1956, he married Edith May Downs, who preceded him in death in May of 1963.

He is survived by a son, David Tratebas of Kouts; a daughter, Katherine (Jeff) Stevens of Lebanon, Ind. and three brothers, Edmund Tratebas of Nashville, Ind. George Tanner and Allen Tanner, both of Yuma, Ariz.

He was also preceded in death in 1998, by a brother, John.

Russell was a retired truck driver for Smith Nuppnau Ready Mix in Valparaiso and a member of Teamster’s Union Local #142. He was a Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps, E Company, of Carlson’s Raiders and F Company, 28th Marines, 5th Division in WWII, and the Marine Raider Association in Lakeside, Calif.

Funeral services, Pastor Mike Eddy officiating, will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 11 at Bartholomew Funeral Home. Interment will be in Calumet Park Cemetery, Merrillville.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m., Wednesday at Bartholomew Funeral Home, 102 Monroe St., Valparaiso.