Russell L. Peters, longtime resident of Niagara Falls, passed away suddenly on Friday, December 13, 2013 after a brief illness. He was 77. He was born in West Decatur, PA on August 18, 1936, a son of the late Carl and Margaret (Gearhart) Peters. He moved to Niagara Falls as a child and attended local schools, graduating from Trott Vocational School. He married Patricia A. Maloney in 1958 and they remained happily married for 43 years until her passing in 2001.
After graduating he worked for Frank Johnson's grocery store in Niagara Falls, N.F. Memorial Medical Center, Olin Mathieson and then from 1964 until his retirement in 1989 he was a chemical operator at Durez Plastics in North Tonawanda. While at Durez, he received a special medallion from NASA for his work in making the molds for parts of the Space Shuttle in 1984. Mr. Peters enjoyed camping, going out to eat, and meeting people, but his greatest joy was his time with his family, especially his grandson and great-grandson.
Mr. Peters is survived by his daughter, Margaret (Kenneth Mahon) Peters of Niagara Falls; his grandson, Stephen M. Peters; his great-grandson, Leo M. Peters; his sister, Betty (late Stan) Nickerson; brother-in-law, Bill (late Hilda) Graap; and sister-in-law, Joan (late Carl J. Peters) Bunton. He is also survived by his good friends, Sal, Lisa, and Chris Buscaglia of Salisa's Restaurant. In addition to his loving wife, he was predeceased by siblings, Carl James (Joan Bunton) Peters, Hilda (Bill) Graap and Pauline (late Bob) Sipe.
Friends may call at the LANE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 8622 Buffalo Ave. on Saturday, December 21, 2013 from 2-6 PM, where funeral services will be held at 6 PM. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.