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Peter M. DeFrancisco

Peter M. DeFrancisco, 86 of Russellville, Arkansas, passed away Monday, September 13, 2021. He was born November 17, 1934 in Blue Island, Illinois to Peter James DeFrancisco and Mary Frances Smith. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Peter was a fantastic wood worker and toy builder. He loved his family and spending time with them, especially at Thanksgiving, which was his favorite holiday. Peter honorably served his country in the US Army. He was of the Baptist faith. He and Virginia both taught Sunday School at Calvary Baptist Church in Illinois. Peter was an Eagle Scout and Boy Scout Leader.

He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Virginia DeFrancisco; children, Michelle Kizer and husband Stacey of Pottsville, Mike DeFrancisco and wife Susan of Dover, daughter, Jennifer Parker & husband Brad of Clarksville, David DeFrancisco and wife Alicia of Russellville; eleven grandchildren, Matt (Jess) Vick, Chris (Sarah) Vick, Jason DeFrancisco, Macayla (Jonathan) Funkhouser, Meagan Parker, Allie Parker, Kyle (Heather) DeFrancisco, Craig (Grace) DeFrancisco, Heather Albright, Heath Kizer, Dalton (Caitlin) Carpenter; fifteen great-grandchildren, Mason Vick, Paisley Vick, Laila Vick, Maverick Vick, Waylon DeFrancisco, Hannah DeFrancisco, Jessie DeFrancisco, Shooter DeFrancisco, Wyatt DeFrancisco, Cecil Funkhouser, Riley Allen, Colt DeFrancisco, Athan Kizer, Reid Albright, Kirby Albright; sister, Peggy (DeFrancisco) Miller of Illinois.

There will be a memorial service announced at a later date. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Russellville Family Funeral.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Amber Adame, Kelsie Urchison and Jessica Poynor, for their excellent care and devotion to Peter.

Obituary and online guestbook are available at www.russellvillefamilyfuneral.com.

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A candle was lit in memory of Peter DeFrancisco

Michele Harmon Sep 23 2021 9:40 AM

So very sorry for your loss. You are all in our prayers. Terry and Karen Hartwick

Karen Hartwick Sep 19 2021 11:29 PM

Dear David, Alicia and Family.
Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Much love sent
Vickie and Joe Keeton

Vickie and Joe Keeton Sep 16 2021 5:36 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Peter DeFrancisco

Brian and Jeana Sep 14 2021 7:34 AM

Mike and Susan. Prayers of peace and comfort. He had great woodworking talent. We still have the items he has made for us through the years.

Chuck and Melissa Hefley Sep 14 2021 12:16 AM

To all my DeFrancisco cousins: it has been over 50 years since I have seen all of you, back when you lived in Oak Forest, but distance doesn't change the fact that we are all family. Love to you all!

Laura Brychel Wilson Sep 13 2021 11:38 PM

Mike & Family,
We are so sorry for your loss, our Thoughts & Prayers are with you during this very difficult time.

Mike & Kelley Scribner Sep 13 2021 10:10 PM

David and families so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you all.sandra smith

Sandra Smith Sep 13 2021 9:47 PM

Mike, sorry for your loss! Thoughts and prayers for the entire family!

Barry and Debbie Waldron Sep 13 2021 8:48 PM

So sorry to hear this!!!!! He was such a sweet man that we all loved dearly! I have some great memories of being at your house when ya'll moved up on the mountain and the Halloween parties!!! Prayers for the family!!!

Jana Price Webb Sep 13 2021 8:21 PM

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