|Name at birth:||Russell George Peckens|
|Date of birth:||6 October, 1926|
|Place of birth:||Eden, MI, USA|
|Date of death:||23 June, 2014|
|Place of death:||Tempe, AZ, USA|
|Resting place:||Chandler, Arizona, USA|
|Submitted by:||Ronald Linder (firstname.lastname@example.org)|
Born in Eden, MI, on 6 October, 1926, Russell Peckens died on the 23 of June, 2014 in Tempe AZ.
Russ led a full life, he grew up in Chicago and enlisted in the Navy in 1944 to serve during WWII. After an honorable discharge, he earned a BA from Drake U in Des Moines, and upon graduation married Gloria Jean Eske, on the 30 of May, 1949. He went on to earn an MA at University of SD, and an Ed. D at University of Tenn. He influenced many a young mind as a teacher and counselor in Public schools and Universities. He was part of the USAID program at University of Dacca, in Bangladesh, and Academic Vice President at the University of Guam.
Russ loved to travel, and did so with wife Gloria and daughter Tina. He traveled around the world 4 times extensively exploring Europe, Asia, and North America. He traveled by plane, train, auto, and Freighter.
Russ leaves his wife for 65 years, Gloria of Mesa Az, and daughter and son-in-law Tina and Ronald Linder, of Gilbert, AZ, along with 3 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren, who fittingly refer to their great grandfather as “Great Russ”.