St. Johns Lutheran Church
Saturday December 18th, 2021
Russell Donald Peck
Russell Donald Peck
Altamont – Russell Donald Peck, 84, of Altamont, N.Y. was greeted by the Lord on December 10, 2021. Russ was born in Warnerville, N.Y. on May 19, 1937 and was the only son of Agnes (Karker) and Donald Peck. Russ was raised in Altamont and on weekends would travel to Richmondville, N.Y. via the D & H Railroad to work on the family farm. This is where he learned to work and appreciate Mother Nature. He attended the old Altamont High School and was recruited by Harry Grogan to attend Milne High School in Albany, N.Y. to compete in baseball and basketball. Here is where he excelled as an athlete.
Russ and another Albany native, Ray Donnelly, were chosen by the Times Union to represent the Capital Region as members of the U.S. Allstar Team at the 10th annual Hearst National Allstar Sandlot Classic at New York City’s Polo Grounds in 1955. Russ went on to attend Ithaca College for a year to play baseball and went on to sign a professional contract with the Major League Baseball team Cleveland Indians in 1958.
In the summer of 1956, a romance began at Warner’s Lake in East Berne, N.Y. where he met his future wife, Irene Fay, to whom he was married to for 61 years. Russ and Irene enjoyed many trips to Maui, out west, Florida and multiple fishing trips. In 1985 they purchased a wooded piece of land and eventually built their dream home. It became their “slice of Heaven.”
In 1960, Russ enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserves and was stationed out of Schenectady, N.Y. Released from duty in 1966 he rejoined the family business with his father as an interior/exterior residential painter and paper hanger. After his dad retired, his youngest son Greg, joined Russ to become the third generational painter. Russ thoroughly loved his job. He always said he loved the satisfaction each job gave him.
Russ was an active volunteer firefighter and EMT with Altamont Fire Department for 22 years. Again, Russ thoroughly loved doing this with his oldest son, Lance. Russ was an active member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in which he held many different positions, mostly chairman of the property committee and church council. He also attended the men’s bible group weekly, led by the late Dr. Joel Edwards. He also was involved in the Orchard Creek and French’s Hollow Golf Leagues and played softball for Altamont Fire Department and church league.
Russ thoroughly enjoyed the outdoors through many hunting and fishing trips, especially to Canada with friends and family. As he went thru life, he treasured the many memories of all his business customers he worked for as well as family and friends who he led on the Annual Peck Quebec Fishing Trips. Russ enjoyed the many times he spent with his grandchildren and numerous activities and events. Each one brought so much joy to his life and was a proud Papa. Russ cherished all who touched his life and has left his legacy of love to family and friends.
Russell’s family would like to thank Hospice nurses Danielle and Melissa, Susan from Landmark Care and Justina, as well as VA services for the wonderful care and compassion provided to Russ and his family.
So sorry to hear about Russ. At ten years my senior, I always admired him. Loved the baseball games at the reunions. Am attaching a picture of him, his dad Donald, mom Agnes and my dad Roger. Baseball was big in our family. Yup, that\'s him in the middle. My condolences and best wishes to Irene, Lance, and Greg.
Your cousin Roger Dec 22 2021 3:52 PM
Just heard about your dad. I'm sorry for your loss. as you know time goes by quickly and it feels like only yesterday Russ was coaching and pushing us to be the best young athletes we could be. I'll always remember how hard he threw a baseball when playing catch as well as him trying to teach me not to throw like a girl (I still do!). I know my dad had a bunch of fun in his later years when they went to gun shows together. Looking back to the 70s brings back a long gone era that we were fortunate to grow up in. Russ, your grandma and pop sure did make growing up as we did Altamont a special time for me and one for future generations to envy.
God Bless you all and God's Speed to your dad.
George Karker Dec 22 2021 11:38 AM
Deepest sympathy from the De Bock's , Delores and Todd. Ron is already in the place where Russ is. Many good memories when Todd and Greg were in school and played sports. Will always remember those times. Plus, we would see Irene when Todd was small and had appointments with Dr, Mastrianni. Irene, take care and God Bless.
Delores C De Bock Dec 18 2021 10:45 AM
Irene,Lance and Greg; I am very sorry to hear about Russ. I will never forget how good he was with Kelly. My prayers are with all of you.
Diana Benedetto Dec 16 2021 5:50 PM
To Mrs Peck, Lance, Greg and the entire Peck family,
Mr Peck was was one if a kind and everyone new that. He was a wonderful man who enjoyed life, the great outdoors and most of all his family. I am proud to call Greg one of my best friends on this earth. I have known him for about 44 years. I had a front row seat to the work of Mr Peck and his influence on his boys. I sat next to Greg in the classroom, on the athletic bus, on the bench and on the field. I also stood next Greg at his wedding and he at mine. so I know what Mr Peck bestowed on his family. Greg and Lance are the examples of what a great man Mr P was to his family. I know that I will miss seeing him and hearing his one liners. Also him scream out at a game heh Peckerhead! He is with all who became before him including my father on the bleachers at the big ballgame in the sky. Much love to the Peck family. May he rest in peace.
Art Lemay Dec 16 2021 8:34 AM
What a great guy, met Russ at Orchard Creel Golf course. Such a happy positive personality. He always reached out to say hello. So sorry to hear that he has passed.
Farrand Russell Dec 15 2021 1:47 PM
Mrs. Peck, Lance and Greg,
I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Beth Benedetto Dec 15 2021 10:15 AM
To the Peck Family, Irene, Lance, & Greg,
We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our entire families had some great times together and I especially enjoyed some wonderful times working with Russ and the Helderberg Indians American Legion Baseball Team from Altamont. We performed a great Pancake Breakfast at the Legion and also worked together at the Altamont Apple Festival. Most of all I remember the time when a gentleman from the N.Y Mets organization called and wanted our team to play a double header at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown. The day was wonderful and we played the two games. The gentleman from the Mets said would you play us a third game that day. As this game went on we ran out of pitchers. Russ then volunteered to pitch. I asked for the other team's permission and they agreed. Russ did a superb job of pitching the remaining innings of the game that day. Even though we moved 35 years ago to Cincinnati. We all cherish the vivid memories of the wonderful times we spent together with Russ and his wonderful family.
Dave, Linda and the Mueller Family
Dave Mueller Dec 14 2021 12:09 AM
My sympathy and prayers to the Peck family. I remember the stories of my father's fishing trip to Canada and the times he would snowmobile with us. Mr Peck's lively and friendly personality will be treasured. Welcome home sir!
Randy Munroe Dec 13 2021 6:39 PM
I miss you so much Papa. You gave me and my siblings the very best childhood. God truly blessed us when He gave us you as our grandpa. I love you forever.
Jess Dec 13 2021 2:35 PM