Howard E. Mai, 85, Russell, died Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, at Russell Regional Hospital.

He was born April 17, 1932, in Russell to John J. and Katherina Elizabeth (Maier) Mai. He was a 1950 graduate of Russell High School.

He married Joetta M. Mai on Aug. 19, 1956, in Milberger, He worked for Agco as a petroleum salesman for many years.

Survivors include his wife, of the home; two daughters, Mona L. Grady, Russell, and Michele L. Clark, Colorado Springs, Colo.; a sister, Wilmetta Deutsch; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. John Lutheran Church, Russell; burial in Russell City Cemetery with military rites by Russell VFW Honor Guard.

Visitation will be from noon to 8 p.m. Sunday with family present to greet friends from 6 to 7 p.m. at Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary, Russell.

Memorials are suggested to Russell County Food Pantry or St. John Lutheran Church, in care of the mortuary.