proutyRussell O. “Russ” Prouty, 57, of Auburn, died Saturday, April 25, 2015 at Life Care Center of Auburn, surrounded by his loved ones, after a fierce struggle with lung cancer.

Russ leaves his wife of 37 years, Marie C. (Girard) Prouty; a daughter, Leah Prouty-Muller and her husband, Rob of Grafton, and a niece Tracy Webster of Worcester, whom he raised; four grandchildren: Keyan “Mr. Man”, Olivia “Missy”, Owen, and Tiberius. He also leaves a two brothers, Edmund Prouty and his wife Lisa of Auburn, and Donald Prouty of Auburn; many nieces and nephews, and his many pets including his cat “Obi” (who loved him dearly).

Russ was born in Worcester, son of the late Orville “Ed” and Frances A. (Howard) Prouty. He graduated from Auburn High School in 1975 and then entered the United States Marine Corps where he served on the USS John F. Kennedy.

Russell was a service engineer in the plastic mold industry for more than 30 years, most recently working for The Absolute Haitian Companies of Worcester.

Russ had many interests including bowling, music, gardening, ice fishing and he was a lover of the New England Patriots football team. He had an in-depth knowledge of local birds. He traveled extensively for both business and pleasure and really enjoyed the many cruises he took with Marie. Russ was a member of the Valley Airs Drum and Bugle Corps as a youth and an alumni, and for 22 years managed the state-wide annual Ed Prouty Memorial Bowling Tournament hosted by the Tuttle Post in Auburn.

A celebration of Russell’s Life will be held on Saturday May 9, 2015 from 1:00-5:00 PM at the Chester P. Tuttle American Legion Post # 279, 88 Bancroft Street, Auburn. Burial with military honors will take place at a later date in Hillside Cemetery, Auburn. Britton-Wallace Funeral Home, 91 Central St, Auburn is assisting the Prouty family with arrangements.