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October 24, 2020

10/6/2020 3:33:00 PM
Russell Martin Peters
b. Feb. 13, 1961 d. Sept. 30, 2020

Russell Martin Peters, 59, of Peosta, Iowa, passed away Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at MercyOne Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa.

Russell was born on February 13, 1961 in Rockford, Illinois, son of Ronald W. and Elizabeth M. (Brady) Peters. He is a 1983 graduate from Western Illinois University, where he majored in communications. On November 14, 1987, he was united in marriage to Sandra Picl in Peoria Heights, Illinois. Russell worked in the communication field using both his photography and writing skills. He worked for Arachnid Mark Darts and Ingersoll Rand in Rockford, IL, and later for Regal-Beloit in Beloit, WI. He then became a stay at home dad to raise their daughter, Jessica.

Russell loved the outdoors in both summer and winter. His favorite place to be was on his pontoon floating on Long Lake in Longville, Minnesota where he spent his summers with family, friends and his beloved dog Chupa. He was the president of the Long Lake Property Owners Association and a member of the Longville Lakes Area Snowmobile Club. He was an excellent chef and enjoyed cooking Thanksgiving meals for his extended family. Russell had a deep love for his country, our liberty, and those who served to protect our freedom.

He is survived by his wife, Sandra Peters of Peosta, IA; one daughter, Jessica Peters of Peosta, IA; father-in-law, Raymond Picl, Sr. of Peoria, IL; sister-in-law, Susan (Jerry) DuBois of Morton, IL; brother-in-law, Rick (Melanie) Picl of Peoria Heights, IL; and several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Randall Peters; his mother-in-law, Louise Picl; and brother-in-law, Raymond Picl, Jr.

Anyone wishing to send memorials for either Wounded Warriors or the American Heart Association may send them to the Reiff Funeral Home, Attn: Russell Peters Family, PO Box 1, Peosta, Iowa, 52068.

A memorial service for Russell will be held in Peoria Heights, Illinois at a later date.

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