BIERKORTTE, Russell J., 80, of South Zane Highway, Martins Ferry, OH, died Saturday, July 27, 2013.

He was born in Wheeling, WV, on January 12, 1933, a son of the late Henry A. and Eva Mary (Weitzel) Bierkortte.

He was a retired carpenter for A. Kutsch and Sons of Wheeling, where he worked for 30 years. Russ was a member of the Ohio Valley Elks Lodge 231 of Martins Ferry.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He received the Occupation Medal (Germany) and the National Defense Service Medal.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers: Henry, Herbert, Robert and Ralph Bierkortte; and two sisters, Evelyn Hohnsee and Lois Bierkortte.

He is survived by two sons, Craig L. (Anne) of Tucson, AZ, and Paul D. (Denise) Bierkortte of Westerville, OH; two daughters, Darlene A. (Ross) Kleiner of Lake Wylie, SC, and Beth A. (Jim) Matuska of Pickerington, OH; brother George (Martha) Bierkortte of Fountain Valley, CA; two sisters, Gladys Hersey of Wheeling and Clara DiClemente of Martins Ferry; and eight grandchildren and two great-grand children.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Keller Funeral Home, 615 Hanover St., Martins Ferry, where friends will be received Tuesday, July 30, 2013 from 5 p.m. until time of service at 7 p.m.

Elks Lodge will hold services at the funeral home at 6:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Valley Hospice, 10686 State Route 150, Rayland, OH 43943.

Condolences may be made to the family by signing the guest book online at www.kellerfuneralhome. com.