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Russell Peters

October 27, 1938 — February 17, 2021

Russell Peters

Russell Lee Peters, 82, of Mancelona passed away on Wednesday February 17, 2021 at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City with his loving wife at his side.  He was born on October 27, 1938 in Allegan, MI, the son of Marion “Buck” and Mary Ann (Green) Peters.

Russell married Pearl Kerr on April 8, 1961 at the Mancelona United Methodist Church.  They lived in Kalamazoo for several years after that, and Russell worked at Kings Paper Mill.  In 1970, they moved their family to Mancelona permanently.  Russell worked at DURA for 30+ years before retiring.  He and Pearl were in a bowling league together for nearly 30 years as well.  He enjoyed anything that was done outdoors – hunting, fishing, golfing, camping, you name it.  He also like to watch sports and cooking shows.

Russell is survived by his wife of 59 years, Pearl Peters; three children, Kim Peters of Mancelona, Mike (Jean) Peters of Mancelona, and Chuck (Theresa) Peters of Mancelona; two sisters, Karen Mitchell of Plainwell, MI and Sally (Mira) Peters of TX; and his beloved Chihuahua/bodyguard, NiNeeHan.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Pauline Boney; and an infant brother, Rex Peters.

A funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 20, 2021 at the Mancelona Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes.  Visitation will take place from 1:00 p.m. until the time of service at 3:00.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements are in the care of the Mancelona Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes.  Please sign his online guestbook at

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