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Former Russell Mayor Curt Mader Passes Away

Raymond Curtis Mader
Raymond Curtis Mader

Former Russell Mayor Raymond Curtis "Curt" Mader has died. He was 55.

Mader passed away Wednesday, January 20 at Hays Medical Center in Hays.

On January 4, 2021, Mader provided notice of resignation of the position of mayor to City of Russell officials effective immediately due to health reasons.

"It is with deep regret that I do so, but I must put the needs of the city first. It has been the honor of a lifetime to serve," said Mader at that time.

City Manager Jon Quinday then released the following statement after the resignation announcement:

"Curt Mader has served as Mayor since April 2013. He is a strong advocate for the community, its residents and businesses. Under Mayor Mader's leadership, the city has undertaken numerous projects improving the city's infrastructure, much of the cost funded by grants. The city was able to maintain or lower the city's mill levy each year during his tenure. As Mayor, he kept securing a long-term water source a top priority for the city. He worked tirelessly behind the scenes advocating for the development of the R9 Ranch, a 50 year plus water source. Thank you, Mayor Mader, for your leadership, vision and support on behalf of the city's employees."

Mader and wife Kristy owned and operated Marvin's Gardens greenhouse in Russell for several years, a business originally owned and operated by Curt's father Marvin Mader. Marvin also recently passed away. Curt was also a pumper in the oilfield.

A celebration of life will be held at 2 PM on Tuesday, January 26 at St. Mary Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Russell. Burial will follow at the St. John Lutheran Cemetery in Russell. Visitation will be held from 9 AM to 5 PM on Monday, January 25 and 9 AM to Noon on Tuesday, January 26 at Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary in Russell.

A memorial has been established with the Russell Pride Downtown Park. Contributions and condolences may be sent to Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary, who is in charge of the arrangements.