Nov. 28, 1949 — Nov. 22, 2019

Steven Ross Peabody died on Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, at the St. Cloud Hospital after a brief battle with lung cancer and a long battle with paranoid schizophrenia.  He was 69 years old.

He was born on Nov. 28, 1949, to parents Ross and Jewell (Buttrum) Peabody. He resided in Richfield through his childhood. He entered the Airforce shortly after high school but was released from military service due to the mental illness, paranoid schizophrenia.

He was a guitar prodigy. His talent for playing the guitar was amazing. He was giving guitar lessons out of his parent’s basement at the age of 14. He also had a knack for drawing monster cartoons. He was an avid reader and had a fascination with speed reading. He always had a book in his hand or pocket. 

In 2013, he became a permanent resident at the long term psychiatric unit at the St. Cloud Veterans Administration Medical Center, where he lived until his last hospitalization. His family will always be thankful for the wonderful care he received there.

His mental illness definitely had an impact on his life but he forever kept his zeal for life. He leaves us a great legacy of kindness, thankfulness and a positive attitude. His favorite verse that was engraved in the hearts of his family was Romans 8:28, “All things work together for good to those that love God.” His mind and body are now at rest with his Savior.

He is survived by sister, Sheila (Dave) Lane; nephew and best friend, Jason; nieces, Rebekah and Heidy; and uncle, Kenny (Dee).

A private burial with military honors was at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Arrangements by the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home of Mora. Condolences may be posted at


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