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Peggy Arnold (Vandeusen)

Peggy Arnold (Vandeusen)



Obituary for Peggy Arnold Van Deusen

Peggy Arnold Van Deusen, 73 passed away on Tuesday, August 8,2023, in Mountain Home, AR. Peggy was born December 31, 1949, in Bloomington, IL to Noble and Lois (Mortland) Arnold. She graduated from Crystal Lake Community High School in 1968. She attended Illinois State University before transferring to Elgin Community College, where she graduated with an RN degree in 1981. Peggy remained in the nursing profession until her retirement. She and her husband Geoff were ardent travelers and accomplished scuba divers, visiting diving sites worldwide. Peggy enjoyed camping, biking, kayaking, but most of all spending time with her family. 

Peggy is survived by her husband Geoffrey Van Deusen; stepson ,Geoffrey Van Deusen, Jr. of Olathe, KS and his children, Geofrey III, Anna, and Adeline; brother, Ted (Julie) Arnold of Portage, MI; sister-in-law, Linda (Jeffrey) Arnold of Creston, IL; niece Leah (Brett) Larmon; nephew, Benjamin (Malynda) Arnold; and nephew, Colin (Sarah) Arnold. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Noble and Lois; and her brother Jeffrey. 

Interment will be 11 am October 7, 2023, at the Crystal Lake Memorial Park on Ridgefield Road, Crystal Lake, IL. 

Arrangements are by Kirby & Family Funeral & Cremation Services - Mountain Home, AR. Visit an online obituary and guestbook at


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08/27/23 03:10 PM #1    

Janet Dame (Harders)

We were good and some times best friends in jr high and high school and I went to many slumber parties at her house during those years.  I was so happy that she was able to attend the 50th class reunion so we could catch up on our lives.  Rest in peace, Peggy.  I know you will be dearly missed by your family and friends.

08/27/23 03:50 PM #2    

Ron Wegner

One of my 1st memories of Peggy was in Mr. Root's 6th grade class. She and Norman Campbell were a thing!! My last memory was her, consoling me at Shermann Hospital, where she was a nurse(?) I believe. Always a smile and a good sense of humor.
RIP Peggy

08/29/23 11:45 AM #3    

Dave Murdock

Peggy and I lived just 3 or 4 doors down from each other in Colby Subdivision from 3rd grade through high school.  We were not close friends but all the parents on  Eugene St. knew and socialized with each other especially after the Palm Sunday tornadoes that hit our neighborhood hard.   I do remember Peggy and I  would give a wave and hello on school mornings with our arms loaded with books as I we trekked through the soy bean and corn fields to school.  I don't recall having any classes with Peggy. but as a classmate she always seemed calm, smart, and a good soul.

It was heartening to hear of her scuba diving adventures around the world !

RIP Peggy.

08/29/23 05:18 PM #4    

Janet Olson (Pinkerton)

I was saddened to hear about Peggy.  One of my highlights of the 50th reunion was seeing her again with Ginny.  The three of us plus Sue Fairfield walked to school every day from grade school to high school.  I was always the late one and she and Ginny stood inside my house waiting for me often.  We had many a sleep over and discussions about life.  If it had been up to us, we would have solved all the world's problems.  I remember a time when she went to modeling school.  Being tall and with a wonderful complexsion, she transformed into a true beauty.  She was always kind and a true friend.  Rest in peace, sweet Peggy.  I will fondly remember you always.


08/30/23 01:25 PM #5    

Ginny Schoephoerster (Qualmann)

Ohhh, dear Peggy!...How you will be missed by family and friends to be sure. So many memories of growing up in the neighborhood together, all those wonderful sleepovers, and school memories. How I always admired your poise and your inner and outer beauty. What a dear soul you are!...Til we meet again.

09/17/23 12:12 PM #6    

MarySue Cannon (Iverson)

What sad news, Peggy, as most of us know was a good, constant and loving friend.  She had an infectious laugh and her smile could always make the day better.  We were good friends in brownies, girl scouts, church,  church choir and school.  Rest in peace dear Peggy.

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