Russell Wolfertz Jr., obituary

Wed, 05/31/2023 - 2:30pm

OWLS HEAD — It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Russell Wolfertz Jr., May 26, 2023.

Russell is survived by his wife, Nancy; his two sons, Ted and Chris; his aunt Caroline; his five siblings Cynthia, Gwendolyn, Weston, Kimberly and Melody; his four grandchildren Andrew, Joshua, Gabriel and Graham; and his retriever, Brookie.

He was known for his friendly and welcoming personality, generosity, unwavering service and dedication to his family, community and country.

Born to Annabell and Russell Wolfertz Sr. on December 12, 1948, Russell grew up with his four sisters and brother in Knox County, where he enjoyed lifelong residence.

Russell graduated from Rockland District High School as an Eagle Scout and went on to serve as a Sergeant in the Army Airborne Infantryman Division during the Vietnam War. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and Purple Heart, as well as a Silver Star by the State of Maine, recognizing his dedication to serving his country.

He became a licensed real estate agent in 1972, partnering with his father at Cousens Realty, and successfully growing the local business with Nancy when Russell Sr. retired. Russell Jr. has consistently demonstrated the highest levels of professionalism and has been recognized by his peers as Realtor of the Year multiple times. 

Russell was an active supporter of his community. Some of his commitments included his support of the Chamber of Commerce, Maine Lobster Festival Chair, The Kiwanis Club, multiple terms on the MSAD 5 school board and the Owls Head Planning Board, and as a trustee at the Knox Museum. He was also a strong advocate for all Veterans, leading the American Legion Winslow Holbrook Post No.1 as Post Commander, organizing volunteer events for visiting active servicemen, and delivering meals to the homebound veterans. There was a special place in his heart for the Honor Flight Program.

He was known to many as Uncle Russ, and he will surely be remembered by the countless lives he touched.

Russell shared 51 happy years of marriage with Nancy, and enjoyed sharing adventures with his family and friends; camping/hunting in the woods, diving, fishing/boating on the lakes/oceans, hiking/climbing mountains, running marathons, as well as shopping for the “best deals,” eating out, cooking/baking good food, trying the most exotic delicacies, always searching for the sweetest desserts and the biggest whoopie pie.

Friends and relatives are invited to visit Wednesday, June 14, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock Street, Rockland.

A service will be held Thursday, June 15, 2023, at 11 a.m., at the Rockland Congregational Church, 180 Limerock Street. The Rev. Ann Roundy will officiate. A celebration of Russell’s life will follow at the Knox Museum, 30 High St., Thomaston.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations may be made to the Sussman House, 40 Anchor Drive, Rockport, ME 04856 or the Knox Museum at

To share a memory or story with Russell’s family, please visit their online Book of Memories at