WEST LIBERTY – W. Russell Peterson, 85, of West Liberty, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, in Mary Rutan Hospital, Bellefontaine.
He was born in Ross County, Ohio on Aug. 15, 1928, the son of the late Willard R. and Elizabeth (Briggs) Peterson.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his sister, Jane Hamman and two brothers, Mart and Chuck Peterson.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Sue (Hosfield) Peterson of West Liberty, whom he married May 26, 1951, in Cleveland, Ohio. He is also survived by their five children: Sandy Peterson of Hilliard, Ohio, Lee (Barb) Peterson of Omaha, Neb., Janie Peterson of Columbus, Ohio, Dean (Shari) Peterson of Indianapolis, Ind., and Laurie (Mike) Aldrich of Richmond, Va.; eight grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Russell graduated from high school in Frankfort, Ohio, and attended The Ohio State University in Columbus before serving his county in the U.S. Air Force as a Staff Sergeant. He worked in sales for the Ralston Purina Company before retiring. He and his wife together owned and operated The Liberty House Bed and Breakfast in West Liberty for 10 years.
Russell was a member of the West Liberty United Church of Christ. He was also a 50-year member of the Free and Accepted Masons as well as a member of the Lions Club where he was quite active. He also belonged to the American Legion.
Pastor Paul E. Forrey will officiate a memorial service on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, at noon in the West Liberty United Church of Christ, 212 W. Newell St., West Liberty, OH 43357. A time of food and sharing will follow the service in the church fellowship hall.
Memorial contributions may be made to his church.
EICHHOLTZ DARING & SANFORD FUNERAL HOME, West Liberty assisted the family with arrangements.
Condolences may be made by visiting www.edsfh.com.