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1934 Peter 2021

Peter M. DeFrancisco

November 17, 1934 — September 13, 2021

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.

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