Russell Hardy Cowles, 76, died peacefully at LifeCare Center of Evergreen on February 18, 2023 after a short illness. Russell was born in Los Angeles, CA, and served in the US Navy in Vietnam from 1966-1970. He became a certified master welder, and worked in the Long Beach Naval Shipyards throughout the 1970s. He moved to Indian Hills, Colorado in 1981 and worked as a welding instructor at the Englewood Federal Correctional Institution for over 20 years.. He loved motorcycles, cats, and working in his shop. He was preceded in death by his wife of 29 years, Laura Hicks Cowles.