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Statement From Brother Of Russ Piehl

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Russ Piehl, killed in Iowa medical helicopter crash. Russ Piehl, killed in Iowa medical helicopter crash.

"My brother Russ died last night, doing what he loved to do most in this world. He was aboard a medical helicopter on it's way to help someone in need when it crashed. How many of us left behind live our lives doing what we love? He told me more than once that this was God's plan for him while on this earth.

Russ lived loving life in many ways. Whether it was riding his Harley with Mel and his friends, pontooning on the lakes in Northern Iowa and Southern Minnesota, bleeding "Packer Green and Gold" every year for as long as I can remember even when the Packers were really bad, and even spending time with Vicki and me.

The best way I can describe my brother is that I used to call him "A good old boy from a Good old town". Russ just wanted to be your friend. He wanted to share a beer of two with you and share stories. He just wanted to get along, and to give you the shirt off his back if you needed it.

Russ loved Mel, his kids and grandkids, and my heart aches for all of them. He also personally new Jesus and loved God, so I know that he is looking at the face of God right now. He is with my parents and grandparents in perfect peace enjoying paradise."

Gregg Piehl of Waverly, Iowa

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