Rod Peel, age 79, of Norwalk died peacefully Tuesday morning, August 4, 2020 at Taylor House Hospice in Des Moines.
Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday, August 9th with the family present to receive guests from 3 to 5 p.m. at O'Leary Funeral Services in Norwalk. A Celebration of Life Service will be at 10 a.m. Monday, August 10th at Fellowship Community Church in Norwalk. Burial will follow at the Lincoln Cemetery in Granger, Iowa.
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Rod's Life Story
Roger "Rod" Philip, the son of Lloyd Harrison and Mary Francies (Inman) Peel, was born on February 1, 1941 at King's Daughters Hospital in Perry, Iowa. Rod grew up in Perry along-side his older brother, Richard; singing in the church & the school choir. He graduated from Perry High School with the Class of 1959. He attended Drake University for two years. He belonged to the Iowa State Association of Assessors & worked for the City of Des Moines Assessor’s Office & eventually retiring in 2006 from the State of Iowa as a Commercial Real Estate Assessor after 27+ years.
Rod met Linda Ferne McKinney of Adel. They were married on May 22, 1970, and, to this union, had two daughters, Trudy Sue & Amy Diane. Together they made their home in Des Moines, Carlisle and finally settling in Norwalk in 1989. Rod enjoyed collecting military guns, watching westerns (especial Jesse James and Clint Eastwood movies). He loved God & his family, especially his wife and daughters, six grandchildren: Tiegen, Treyor, Teddi, Taylor, Tanner, and Brayden, and four great-grandchildren: Mayer, Forest, Layla, and Hudson.
Rod & Linda have been members of Fellowship Community Church for 24 years where Rod served as a Deacon & led many groups. Rod liked wood working & construction projects. He built several stage-sets for recitals at his daughter Amy's dance studio. He truly loved all he came into contact with, never knowing a stranger & being friends with everybody.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Linda; daughter, Amy (Ted) Wood; his six grandchildren & four great-grandchildren; his brother Richard as well as a host of other family & many good friends.
Preceding him in death are his parents, Lloyd & Mary Peel, and his daughter Trudy.
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