Russell Warren Lofgren, Jr., age 62, stepped into heaven on May 24, 2020 at 5:24 a.m. while surrounded by loved ones at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids, Minnesota. Visitation will be held Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at Living Word Christian Center, 9201 75th Ave. N., Brooklyn Park, MN 55428 from 12:00 - 1:00 PM. in the main sanctuary. Memorial service begins at 1:00 PM.
If you have any stories of Russ you'd like to write down and/or photos to share with the family, please feel free to bring them.
*Please note there will be no reception following the service due to social distancing guidelines.*
Russ was born on Friday, March 21, 1958 (three minutes before his twin sister, Susan) to Russ and Dee Lofgren. The family lived in an upper duplex in Northeast Minneapolis off of Quincy street before making a move to Brooklyn Center, and then finally settling down in Maple Grove.
It was not uncommon to find “Rusty” and “Susie” climbing trees together, riding their bikes to the candy store, or having fun outside with friends until the streetlights came on. The pair finished high school in 1976 and before long, Russ enlisted in the Air Force. He served in the Security Police Squadron in both Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany and Grand Forks AFB in North Dakota until 1986 where he became known as the “Preacher Man.”
During that time, Russ married and had three kids—Katie, Bradley, and Andrea—and eventually relocated to Florida. Though his marriage turned out to be less permanent than expected and they later divorced, he loved his kids immensely.
While in Florida, Russ continued to work as a Law Enforcement Specialist and Marine Patrol Officer for eleven years at Cape Canaveral in the 45th Space Wing - Air Force Space Command.
Upon moving back to Minnesota he continued to serve in a similar field as the Assistant Department Head to Protective Services at Living Word Christian Center. He was equipped and felt called to serve in this ministry—and did so with excellence for almost 22 years.
Russ loved God and had a passion for music and photography. He spent countless hours developing his craft and wrote and recorded several songs in the early nineties. His more recent work included landscape photography published in Capture Minnesota.
Russ is preceded by his father, Russell Warren Lofgren Sr. and is survived by his mother, DaMaris “Dee” Lofgren, his twin sister Susan (Richard) Dumire, his 3 children, Katie (Sam) Hirsch, Bradley Lofgren, Andrea (Samir) Demir, 8 grandchildren, and his 3 nephews and 1 niece.