Peter James Russell

Preston, Iowa—Peter James Russell, age 61, of Preston, Iowa, passed away suddenly on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at his home in Preston. Cremation Rites have been accorded. A Celebration of Life will be held from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., Friday, March 29, 2019 at the Mt. Carroll Church of God, Mt. Carroll, Illinois. A benefit will be held from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m., Saturday, March 30, 2019 at the Savanna Moose Lodge. Online condolences may be left for the family at

PJ was born on October 6, 1957, the son of Jesse James and Violet May (Hewlett) Morrell in Savanna, Illinois. After graduation from high school, PJ proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corp. He installed fiber optic cable for the Preston Telephone Company. He was also a certified Harley Davidson Mechanic and enjoyed working on motorcycles in his spare time. He loved reading and spending time outdoors.

PJ is survived by his 6 children, Chad Russell of Des Moines, Iowa, Peter James (Misti) Russell of Centerville, Iowa, Jesse James Russell of Pella, Iowa, Aaron (Amanda) Russell of Oskaloosa, Iowa, Levi Russell of Jacksonville, Florida, and Noah Russell of Preston, Iowa; three sisters, Beverly Hickman of Preston, Iowa, Jodi Davis of Preston, and Sheila (David) Roberts of Savanna, Illinois; one brother, Tracy (Tina) Mahan of Thomson, Illinois; ten grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. PJ was preceded in death by his parents; and life-long friend, Les Harder.