Orville “Rick” Peel 92 of Riverton, died at 3:05 am, Thursday, March 20, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center. He was born October 22, 1921, in Springfield, to Orville and Dorothy Elshoff Peel. He married Dolores P. Blissett on June 6, 1948 and she preceded him in death on November 8, 2013.
He is survived by one daughter, Janet (Bob) Erickson of Chatham; two grandchildren, Jami (Dustin) Patterson and Casey (Ashley) Erickson both of Chatham; one great granddaughter, Camryn Patterson and great grandchildren Baby boy Erickson due in May and Baby Patterson due in November; three brothers-in-law, Edward (Betty) Blissett and Jerry (Connie) Blissett both of Riverton and Robert “Gene” (Diane) Blissett of Arizona; two sisters-in-law, Helen Peel and Hazel Blissett both of Springfield; several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews and his constant companion, his dog Molly.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and three brothers, Elmer, Bob and Marvin Peel.
Orville was a US Army veteran serving during WWII. He retired from the State of Illinois where he worked for the Highway Department. Later in life, he found his talent for painting, enjoyed playing the piano and working with his hands.
Visitation: 9-11 am, Monday, March 24, 2014 at Staab Funeral Home.
Funeral Service: 11 am, Monday, March 24, 2014 at Staab Funeral Home with Robert “Gene” Blissett officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to a Charity of the Donor’s choice.
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