Russell Books

March 12, 1931 ~ May 1, 2020 (age 89)


Russell Books, 89, of Peru, passed away on Friday, May 1, 2020 at Miller’s Merry Manor in Peru.

He was born in Milford, Illinois on March 12, 1931 to George Washington Books and Dorothy (Shriver) Books Probasco.  He married Edith May (Isenhower) Books, and she preceded him in death in 2008.  Russell retired from Carnation and Frigidaire as a Service Technician.  He was a member of the First Church of Christ in Peru.

He is survived by his children: Peggy Dewey of Peru, Sandy (Dennis) Muench of Ormond Beach, FL, Eva (Jim) Mayle of Peru, Tom (Kathy) Books of Peru, Ronnie (Amanda) Books of Bunker Hill, Jim (Patty) Books of Peru, and Deanna Powers of Wabash; as well as 19 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parent, his wife, brother George Washington Books Jr., sisters Betty May McGee and Mary Lou Pentecost, and one grandchild.

A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date. Memorials may be made to Helping Hands in Peru, Indiana.  Burial will take place at Mount Hope Cemetery in Peru.

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