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Russell Vincent "Grandpa Pete" Peterson

Russell Vincent "Grandpa Pete" Peterson

Male 1914 - 2001  (86 years)  Submit Photo / DocumentSubmit Photo / Document    Has 2 ancestors and 6 descendants in this family tree.

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  • Name Russell Vincent Peterson 
    Nickname Grandpa Pete 
    Birth 6 Dec 1914  Santaquin, Utah, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Initiatory (LDS) 10 Oct 1938  SLAKE Find all individuals with events at this location 
    FamilySearch ID KWCP-9F7 
    Death 7 Jan 2001  Orem, Utah, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Burial Santaquin City Cemetery, Utah, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    Person ID I102165  mytree
    Last Modified 25 Feb 2024 

    Father Peter Engelbret Peterson,   b. 11 Aug 1880, Santaquin, Utah, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 14 Jun 1924, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 43 years) 
    Mother Julia Elvira Olsen,   b. 12 Jul 1885, Santaquin, Utah, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 27 Aug 1965 (Age 80 years) 
    Marriage 21 Jan 1903  Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F31848  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Phyllis "Grandma Pete" Giles,   b. 10 Oct 1917, Lehi, Utah, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 28 Feb 2016, Orem, Utah, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 98 years) 
    Marriage 10 Oct 1938  Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Living
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     3. Living
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    Family ID F31847  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Last Modified 21 Apr 2024 

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBirth - 6 Dec 1914 - Santaquin, Utah, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsInitiatory (LDS) - 10 Oct 1938 - SLAKE Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - 10 Oct 1938 - Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDeath - 7 Jan 2001 - Orem, Utah, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBurial - - Santaquin City Cemetery, Utah, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
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    Pin Legend  : Address       : Location       : City/Town       : County/Shire       : State/Province       : Country       : Not Set

  • Headstones
    Peterson, Russell V b1914 - Giles, Phyllis b1917
    Peterson, Russell V b1914 - Giles, Phyllis b1917

  • Notes 
    • Obituary: Russell Vincent Peterson
      Deseret News, Wednesday Jan. 10, 2001

      "Grandpa Pete"
      Our husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, friend, ment o r and teacher, Russell Vincent Peterson, age 86, died at home Januar y 7 , 2001, of complications due to age and Parkinson's disease.

      Russell was born in Santaquin, Utah, December 6, 1914. He was the fift h o f seven children born to Peter E. and Julia Elvira Olsen Peterson.

      Russell attended grammar school in Santaquin, UT and graduated from Pays o n High School, where he sang in all the musical plays and programs. H e wo n the Curtis Medal in both vocal and instrumental categories. He att ende d BYU for one year. During his freshman year at BYU he sang the lea d in t he opera, "Sundance," and sang with the university's traveling ent ertainm ent troupe. He moved to California where he met and courted Phyll is Giles . They were sealed in the Salt Lake LDS Temple on October 10, 19 38.

      Russell continued his education at UCLA and later graduated from Los Ang e les State College. Besides becoming an outstanding school teacher and p ri ncipal, he excelled in everything he did. Among many other skills an d acc omplishments, Russell became a quality welder at Western Pipe and S teel , he became a real estate broker and a successful salesman, and he o perat ed his own furniture store, Russell's Furniture, for 17 years. Whil e in t he furniture business he learned to lay carpet, studied how furnit ure wa s made, and discovered everything he could to become an expert i n the fur niture business. This quest for excellence was typical of his e fforts i n every endeavor he undertook.

      After a successful and varied professional career, he retired from the L . A. Unified School District in 1977.

      Other than his family, Russell's main love was music. He sang his firs t s olo at age four and directed his first choir at the age of eleven. H e dir ected a young adult choir, known as "The Californians," that travel ed an d performed throughout the state of California. Russell was blesse d wit h a wonderful singing voice. He sang hundreds of solos in
      myriads of places. He sang the solo, and also directed the 200-voice-cho i r, at the dedication of the Los Angeles Temple.

      He moved his family back to Utah in 1969 and soon became well known an d o ft-utilized for his vocal talents as well as for his conducting exper tise . He continued his choir directing in each ward and stake where he r eside d.

      A faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Ru s sell held many positions including High Councilor and Bishop. In 1984 , h e and his wife, Phyllis, served in the Singapore Mission of the LDS C hurc h, including India, Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia. He was love d by al l the people he met and taught. Russell and Phyllis continue to h ear fro m many people in those countries. Russell loved to teach and prea ch the G ospel of Jesus Christ. He was a wise and gifted man. Everyone wa s his fri end, as he touched the lives of everyone he knew. He was a wond erful fath er and grandfather. He loved to be with his grandchildren an d was alway s teaching them something. His animated story-telling and fam ous "mush-ea ting races" will be some of the "grandpa" memories dearly mi ssed. He wa s not only a wonderful father and grandfather to his own gran dchildren an d great-grandchildren, but was loved and revered by many oth ers. He was a ffectionately known as "Grandpa Pete" to all the families i n his Orem nei ghborhood.

      Russell is survived by his wife, Phyllis, of 62 years; five daughters a n d one son: Judy (Dennis) Johns, Lindon, Utah; Jeannie (LaVorn, Jr.) Spa rk s, Paraguay; Janalee Free, Julie (Robert) Deucher, Rita Taylor, and Ru sse ll Jr. (Colleen) Peterson, all of Orem; 35 grandchildren and 29 great -gra ndchildren; one brother, Oran (Adella) Peterson, Honeyville, Utah, a nd on e sister, Eunice Cloward, Salt Lake City. He was preceded in deat h by hi s parents, one brother, three sisters, and one grandchild.

      Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 13, 2001, at 11 a.m. i n t he Orem Aspen Stake Center, 965 West 2000 North, Orem. Friends may ca ll a t the Walker Sanderson Funeral Home, 646 East 800 North, Orem on Fri day e vening from 6 to 8 p.m. and at the Stake Center on Saturday mornin g fro m 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. prior to service. Burial will be in the Santaq uin Ci ty Cemetery.

      The family would like to express thanks to family, friends and neighbo r s for their support. Exceptional gratitude is offered to Michael Hunt a n d the Hospice staff of Vista Care.