Russell LeRoy McPeak

16 June, 194325 March, 2021
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Russell was born June 16, 1943, to Forrest & Bernice McPeak in Sparta, Wisconsin. He grew up on a farm in Cateract, WI. He spent many a day on a tractor or milking the cows. He graduated from Melrose WI High School in 1961. After high school, he worked for a time at Decomat in Sparta, then enlisted in the Air Force, which would lead to a career spanning 21 years as a Jet Engine Technician. During that time, he had the honor of working on the crew of Air Force One, the President’s airplane, for 9 years at Andrews Air Force Base in Washington DC. The Presidents he worked for included Nixon, Ford, Carter, and Reagan. Other bases he was assigned to included Lackland AFB in Texas, Chanute AFB in Illinois, Cam Ranh Bay Vietnam, George AFB in California, and Ramstein AFB in Germany.

He met his wife Marie while stationed at George AFB, and they were married on April 15, 1972. Their twin daughters, Jeanette and Jennifer were born at Andrews AFB two years later.

After retirement from the Air Force, the family settled in Renton, WA, where Marie was born, and Russell became a school building custodian for the Renton School District. He was assigned to Highlands Elementary School, Renton High School, and McKnight Middle School, where he retired as the Lead Custodian after 20 years of service. While at McKnight, he became known as “Bicycle Bob” to the students, as he would navigate the halls of the school on his bicycle. Russell & Marie were also members of King of Kings Lutheran Church for 36 years.

Russell was also a lifetime member of the Goldwing Touring Association. He loved riding his Honda Goldwing motorcycle to various rallies and events around the U.S. and meeting new people. No matter where he went he made friends due to his friendly outgoing nature.

Russell is survived by his wife of 49 years, Marie; his two daughters Jeanette Hinesley and Jennifer Fassbender; son-in-law Mark Fassbender; his 3 grandsons – Zachery Hinesley, Owen Fassbender, and Evan Fassbender; his sister Doris Rasmussen, niece Tricia Orzel (Travis) and nephew Cody Lechner (Madison).

Personal attendance at all events will be by invitation only, due to the COVID restrictions.

However, you may watch the services via Livestream at

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In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to either Northwest Harvest (, or the charity of your choice.


  • Mark Fassbender, Pallbearer
  • Owen Fassbender, Pallbearer
  • Zachery Hinesley, Pallbearer
  • Josh Baker, Pallbearer
  • Steve Baima, Pallbearer
  • Eddie Akers, Pallbearer


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


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John and Lora Gillingham

8 April 2021

Dear Marie and family,

Russell's service was very meaningful and touching. We were so grateful to be able to view it remotely; thank you for that opportunity. We both laughed and cried throughout and felt fortunate to be a part of this celebration of Russell's amazing life. We learned so many things about him and feel such regret at not asking more questions about his experiences. As John says, "That library is now closed." One of our favorite things about Russell was how genuinely happy he always was to see us and those amazing hugs. He will never be forgotten and will always be loved.

John & Lora Gillingham

Rob & Heidi Hanscom

8 April 2021

Our dear friend Russell...

How do you limit your memories to just a few, when thinking of a person who was one of the most gentle, kind human beings on this planet?

For me (Heidi), there are few memories that bring me the joy of the times I spent learning how to dance with Russell at many of our Motorcycle Group’s events. And the day I ventured out on my own bike with the group for the first time, nervous I’d do the wrong thing, or go down - it was Russell that came up behind me, gently putting his hand on my shoulder and said “Little girl, you ride your own ride. Don’t worry about all these other people, take a breath, I’ll hang back with you if it makes you feel better”. Those words were told to me by others, but none were as close to my heart as Russell’s, which I carried with me on every ride going forward.

For me (Rob), when I rode with Russell, every ride was an adventure, and a learning lesson. We were able to ride on many beautiful roads, in great places together with our group, and each time, Russell had a story or words of wisdom to match the places we went. Sharing stories with me of his time in the service, or the funny things he’d share about his long time of being a janitor at a local middle school were some of the best times we had. Not to mention “Russell’s Red Bag” - memories that are best not written, but never forgotten.

Marie, you are one blessed woman to have been able to spend so much time with Russ. We love you, and are not far away. We’re here if you need anything.

As sad as we are to hear of Russell’s passing, we are so honored and blessed be able to say that Russell was our friend.
You will be missed dear friend.
No shenanigans up there - and keep that “red bag” under wraps. Someday we’ll all be together again sipping out of it, playing “Chase the Ace” around a big picnic table, and remembering all the fun times we had together.

All our love to you Russ, and to the whole McPeak family.
Rob & Heidi

Susan Matthews

8 April 2021

Russell, leaving us has left a hole in my heart. What a warm, welcoming, non judgemental friend you were - always there with open arms and a smile. You were a highlight for me in every group gathering. I will so miss you.

Peggy Baima

7 April 2021

Russell had the biggest smile when he greeted everyone! He was such a genuinely nice person, and I will miss him so much. The family get-togethers will be tough. Dottie, if you need anything, or want to talk, please let me know. That goes for the girls too. I love you

Tom & Jackie Steger

7 April 2021

We always looked forward to seeing Russell & Marie on Sunday morning . Getting a hug and smile along with conversation always uplifting.

Jerry Sanders

7 April 2021

Russell and I became friends when we were stationed together at Andrews AFB, in Maryland in the Presidential Maintenance section working on AF-1. After we both had retired from the Air Force , Anna and I spent many visits with Marie and Russ during trips made to Seattle to visit our daughters. We got together during AF-1 reunions and other times which were always wonderful with Marie and Russ. Rest in Peace my friend.

Rita & John Morris/Schiferl

7 April 2021

What a friend we have lost in Russell. There are so many stories, it is difficult to name just one. Anytime we had work to be done, plan a trip with GWTA, weed wacking on our property, or just having dinner, Russell (& Marie) was there with a big smile on his face glad to see you. And we can’t forget the bear hug. We will cherish all the wonderful memories.

Ronald Matthews

7 April 2021

Russell, Bill and I would ride our motorcycles all around the State of Washington doing Wing Washington. The one of many I remembered was when we stopped in Connell for a rest stop and fueled up. Russell decided to lead and a few outside of Connell there was speed trap and we got pulled over. As the Officer came up to Russell he asked for his drivers license he reach into his wallet and instead of his license he handed the Officer his credit card.
I will always remember this and many more I had with my Friend and Bother.
R.I,P Russell, you will be missed, love you.
Ron Matthews

Bill Landon

6 April 2021

Russell. Great big teddy bear. Happy, and kind to everyone.

Russell. Such a dear friend to Kathy and me. We went together on countless wonderful rides and club events.

Russell. He had an ear-to-ear smile every time we met up that said, “I love you, my dear friends.”

Russell. He would see something that needed done and did it. Saw someone needed something and helped them. Always.

Russell and Marie often hosted a spaghetti dinner out of their RV for our group when we had an overnighter event. When we heard that Russell passed, that evening we decided to go to a favorite Italian restaurant and get spaghetti. Bill ordered proudly and loudly, “I’ll have the BASSGEDDI.” Shed a few more tears over that.

We are blessed to have been Russell's friends and shared so many good times together.

Charles Young

6 April 2021

My name is Charlie Young. Russ and I were Jet Engine mechanic on the crew of Air Force One. He was also a good VW mechanic. I had a 1972 beetle with engine problems and needed extensive repair. I didn't have the money to get it done and I didn't know anything about how to remove an engine, let alone do any repairs. I was talking to Russ one day about it and he said " VWs are easy to work on, I come over and show you." He not only taught me how to remove it, but also do a complete overhaul. From then on, thanks to Russ, he saved me tons of money because I wasn't afraid to tackle any maintenance issues on my car. Another fond memory was we were stationed in Germany together. His family and mine did sightseeing castle trips along the Rhein river. I will miss my friend, his kindness, his big smile and his Wisconsin mid- western " don't you know."