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Russell F. “Russ” Settle, II

December 1, 1946 - June 20, 2022

Russell F. “Russ” Settle, II, age 75, of Elkton, MD, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family on Monday, June 20, 2022.

Born in Clearwater, FL, on December 1, 1946, he was a son of the late Russell Franklin and Doris Lillian (Mowery) Settle. Russ was a Professor of Economics at the University of Delaware retiring after over 30 years of dedicated service.  In his professional career he taught undergraduate and graduate courses, published several research articles, and co-authored a book in Economics. After retirement from the University of Delaware, Russ volunteered for AARP tax preparation and was a co-founder of the business Social Security Choices, which helped individuals with social security decisions.

Russ loved nature and the outdoors, and enjoyed hiking, backpacking and rafting the beautiful Grand Canyon.  In his garden at home, he dedicated time to growing flowers and plants to support butterflies, bees, and all pollinators. His love of nature led him to also raise monarch butterflies by hand, releasing many hundreds back into nature each summer.  Russ loved all animals, especially his Scottish Terrier dogs, and they will miss him tremendously.

Russ is survived by his loving wife, Yvonne (Davis) Settle; his son, Russell Franklin Settle III (wife Lisa), of Florida; his daughter, Christine (Settle) Reese, of California; and three grandchildren, Jacob, Jonathen, and Amanda. Russ’ family and friends will miss him very much and he will be forever in our hearts.

All services will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Russ’s memory may be made to the Humane Society of the United States, 1255 23rd Street, NW, Suite 450, Washington, DC 20037,  the Grand Canyon Trust, PO Box 1236, Flagstaff, AZ 86002, or the American Heart Association, PO Box 840692, Dallas, TX 75284.


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7 Condolences for Russell F. “Russ” Settle, II

  • Russ is my Brother n Law, my sister is Yvonne. Russ will be missed so much by Christine and Yvonne, but they will always have cherished memories of Russ. He was a thoughtful and caring man. I will miss you Russ. Love

  • Yvonne, Our deepest sympathy. Beautiful video with great memories. Our thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

  • A great friend will be sadly missed. RIP

  • I am sad to hear of Russ’s passing. He was a fine colleague at the U of D with a great sense of humor. He made an especially significant contribution to the Economics Department when he designed and pressed forward much of the mechanism for faculty evaluation. His algorithms for fair and measurable methods of faculty performance did a lot to improve the quality and stature of the Department of time. Many faculty including myself were sad when he retired so early from the U of D.

    I want to express my sincere condolences to his family in their time of grieving. Russ will be fondly remembered and missed by many.

    Richard Agnello
    Professor of Economics Emeritus

  • We are so very sorry to hear this news Yvonne. May your memories of the wonderful life you shared with Russ sustain you forever.

  • Hi Yvonne,
    So sad to hear your news of Russ’s loss.
    All our love from afar in Australia,
    Neil and Lee Woollacott

  • Russ was a great colleague who cared very much about doing what was right. He was not afraid to speak up about it or to speak out in defense of others. His courage, honesty and kindness are missed.