Friday, January 16, 2004

James B. Russell IV had double transplant

By Rebecca Goodman
The Cincinnati Enquirer

WESTWOOD - James Barbour Russell IV gained more than nine years by undergoing a double-organ transplant.

After suffering renal failure, "Jay" came from his native Florida to University Hospital in Cincinnati to have a kidney and pancreas transplant.

During those extra years, he helped his family run the old Forest View Gardens, a popular Monfort Heights eatery.

Mr. Russell, 48, died Dec. 30 at University Hospital of heart failure.

A general contractor in Florida, he was a member of the Klose family that opened Forest View Gardens in 1939 and operated it until 2001.

His mother is Trudie Russell Seybold of Monfort Heights, daughter of the restaurant's founders.

Mr. Russell was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 10. He lived most of his life in Lantana, Fla.

Mr. Russell helped his mother, who had returned to Cincinnati to take over Forest View Gardens in 1975, run the restaurant until they closed it in 2001.

His remains were cremated.

Other survivors include his stepfather, Kurt Seybold; a daughter, Lacy Way; two sons, Christopher and Jason, both of Lantana, Fla.; a brother, Edward Russell of Tampa; two stepbrothers, Luciano Moral of Augusta, Ky., and Kurt Seybold of Cleves; and a stepsister, Sandra Seybold of Clifton.

Memorials: Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 10901 Reed Hartman Highway, Cincinnati 45242-3830.


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