Dr. Gerald John Thouvenelle, long-time and well-respected veterinarian across central Kansas, and resident of Russell died at Russell Regional Hospital as the result of a truck accident Sunday, April 29, 2018.

He was born Feb. 14, 1951, in Fort Benning, Ga., to Gerald Jack and Margaret Rose “Peggy” (Bibza) Thouvenelle. He graduated from Iolani High School in Honolulu and Carson-Newman University in Jefferson City, Tenn., with a bachelor of science degree in 1973. He then attended Kansas State University, Manhattan, earning a bachelor of science in Animal Science and Industry in 1977, and in 1979, matriculated with a doctoral degree in Veterinary Medicine.

In 1984, he established Russell Veterinary Service and Reproduction Lab LLC.

Survivors include his mother, Charleston, S.C; and two sisters, Suzanne Thouvenelle, Arlington, Va., and Adrienne Ashby, Charleston.

A celebration of life will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary, Queen of Angels Catholic Church, Russell; private burial will take place at a later date.

Visitation will be held from 9 to 8 p.m. Wednesday with family present from 6 to 7 p.m. at Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary, Russell.

Memorials are suggested to Canine Assistance Rehabilitation Education & Services, Inc. (CARES, Inc.) a group providing training for canine assistance to the elderly and those with disabilities in care of the mortuary.