WASHINGTON — Russell J. Boyles (“Papa Russell”), 70, of Washington, passed away at 4:51 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, surrounded by his loving children. 

Russell was a U.S. Army Vietnam Veteran, serving as a member of the Military Police (MP) where he earned the National Defense Service Medal and Marksmen badge for his selfless service to our country.  

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Greater Peoria Honor Flight.

Funeral services for Russell were Dec. 13, 2016, at Deiters Funeral Home in Washington. Pastor Bob Martin officiated. Visitation was from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial with Military Honors was at Fondulac Cemetery in East Peoria. 

Russell’s memorial website is available at www.deitersfuneralhome.com where condolences may also be sent to the family.