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In Memory of

Russell Posthumus

January 2, 1927 - March 11, 2017

Obituary


Russell P. Posthumus, age 90, of Grand Rapids, passed away at his residence on March 11, 2017. Russ was born and raised in Grand Rapids and spent his young life at Cherry Street Park developing his athletic abilities. He graduated from Central High School, served in WW II, attended Grand Rapids Junior College and then graduated from Central Michigan University. He would later receive his Master's Degree from the University of Michigan. Russ returned to Grand Rapids Central High School as an educator and coach for both track and football. He also became the Grand...

Russell P. Posthumus, age 90, of Grand Rapids, passed away at his residence on March 11, 2017. Russ was born and raised in Grand Rapids and spent his young life at Cherry Street Park developing his athletic abilities. He graduated from Central High School, served in WW II, attended Grand Rapids Junior College and then graduated from Central Michigan University. He would later receive his Master's Degree from the University of Michigan. Russ returned to Grand Rapids Central High School as an educator and coach for both track and football. He also became the Grand Rapids Athletic Director and continued his work with high school students until his retirement in 1984, after 33 years of service. Russ will be greatly missed by his children Ann Igaz, Mark (Deb) Posthumus, grandchildren; Kristy (Trent) Heitzman, David (Whitney) Posthumus, Michael (Rachel) Posthumus; and 5 great grandchildren. Russ is also survived by his wife Bette's children William (Pat) Cobb, James (Terry) Cobb, Jeffrey (Linda) Cobb, Nancy Cobb. Russ' life revolved around high school athletics. He was an outstanding athlete in football, basketball and track. As a coach at Central High, his teams earned city titles in both football and track. As the Athletic Director, implementing Title IX and remodeling Houseman Field were highlights of his career. In retirement Russ continued to stay active by participating in tennis and golf. Please join the family for a time of visitation on Friday, March 17, 2017 from 12 noon to 1 pm at Reyers North Valley Chapel, with the funeral service beginning at 1pm. For those who wish, memorial contributions can be made to Grand Rapids Public Schools- Athletic Department.