Dr. Hoenes passed away October 27, 2018
September 11, 1937 – October 27, 2018
We are saddened to announce that Dr. Russell Hoenes entered into God’s eternal rest on Sabbath, October 27, 2018. He was attended by family, and in the excellent care of hospice and private caregivers. He was 81 years old.
Russell Louis Hoenes, Jr. was born to Russell Louis Hoenes, Sr. (1917-1993) and Alice Carpenter Hoenes (1918-2013) in Niagara Falls, New York on September 11, 1937 during the Great Depression. The young family relocated to Michigan not long after he was born. Russell’s sister, Judy Hoenes Stewart Hoelscher Thorburn (1943-2014), was born a few years later. Russell Sr. worked for Upjohn Pharmaceutical Company and Alice eventually earned her college degree, followed by a Master of Science degree in Social Work.
Russell attended the Seventh-day Adventist school in Kalamazoo, Michigan during the last part of his elementary and middle school years before going to Cedar Lakes Academy, where he graduated with honors. From there, he chose to go to Emmanuel Missionary College (EMC) now Andrews University, where he first majored in Chemistry, changing over to Biology, graduating with highest honors. An athlete, he played on various varsity teams, and did some gymnastics. It was at EMC that he met his future wife, Sally Jo Milhollin, of Muncie, Indiana.
Russell graduated in 1959, and married Sally on August 9 of the same summer. The newlyweds honeymooned by way of a road trip to Loma Linda, CA where Russell had been accepted to Loma Linda University Medical School. Sally worked as a secretary to support him through school. And as with all his other endeavors in lifP, studied hard, „.ornpeted fiPrcely, and Pxcelled, graduating in 1463. He took a general internship at Washington Adventist Hospital and Sanitarium, Takoma Park, Maryland, which he completed in 1964.
Shortly before the internship ended, Russell accepted Uncle Sam’s invitation to service in the Army, and their son Greg was adopted. Within weeks of this serendipity, the new family was off to Fort Sam Houston for Officers training, then to his permanent post stateside at Fort Douglas, Utah. Russell served his country as both a physician and an Army officer, honorably discharged in 1966 with the rank of Captain.
After Army service, Russell did a residency in Cardio-Pulmonary Diseases at the prestigious Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. It was there that Kari was added to the family in 1968, also joyfully adopted.