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Russell Mark Poritz, 58, Horicon, was called home to his permanent hunting land in heaven Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017, at UW Hospital, Madison.

A funeral service will be held Tuesday, Jan. 2, at St. Stephen Evangelical Lutheran Church in Horicon at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Jonathan Szczesny officiating. A visitation will be held Tuesday, Jan. 2, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. also at the church. Burial will take place at Oak Hill Cemetery in Horicon.

Russell was born the son of Russell F. and Ruth (Elverman) Poritz Sept. 1, 1959, in Burlington. He was united in marriage to Sandra L. Christian Sept. 1, 2006, in Horicon.

Russ was a graduate of Burlington High School. He was employed by and retired from the City of Horicon Water Department.

Russ is survived by his wife, Sandi of Horicon; his daughters, Allison (Rebecca Egan) Poritz of Appleton, Cassandra (Daniel) Anderson of Milwaukee and Rachel Poritz of Milwaukee; his stepchildren, Bruce Christian Jr. of Horicon and Kelly Christian of Horicon; he was known by his grandchildren, Ashton, Isaac, Alec and Peyton as “Papa”; his sisters-in-law, Debbie (Frank) Sauer of Horicon and Sue (Dean) Cook of Fox Lake; his brothers-in-law, Mike Riese of Montello and Ken Riese of Randolph; other relatives and friends.

Russ was a member of St. Stephen Evangelical Lutheran Church in Horicon. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and was a member of the Swan Road Pheasant Club. Russ always loved to have fun and share laughs with others. He loved spending time in the woods whatever the season. Father’s Day was always reserved for the annual trip to the trout farm to replenish his smoked trout supply for the year, where many memories were made. He is now reunited with his hunting partner, Hooch.

The family gives a special thanks to Russ’ sister Sandy Jenkins, her husband Kerry, and his children Jake, Heather and Brianna. They also thank the staff at UW Hospital.

Koepsell Funeral Home and Cremation Services are serving the family. Online condolences may be made at