Keepsakes in rubble reveal identity of 6th storm victim
BY JACLYN COSGROVE NewsOK.com
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
4/23/12 at 2:19 PM
Correction: An Oklahoman story that appeared in the Tulsa World incorrectly reported the relationship of Andrea Rush to a victim of the Woodward tornado. Steve Peil was not Rush’s brother, according to funeral home records. This story has been corrected.
WOODWARD - Among the piles of debris and wreckage that stretch about 1,000 feet in the mobile home park, it's easy to miss the small bunch of Mickey Mouse memorabilia.
But anyone who knew the 63-year-old Vietnam War veteran who lived at the mobile home park knows it belonged to Steve Peil, whose nickname was "Mickey Mouse."
"To know Mickey Mouse was to love Mickey Mouse," Peil's friend Andrea Rush said Monday. "Every life he touched was a blessing. There wasn't anything he wouldn't do for somebody. Never met a stranger a day in his life."
Peil was the sixth person to die as the result of an EF-3 tornado that sliced through Woodward early Sunday morning.
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Oklahoman Staff Writer Bryan Dean contributed to this story.
Local Red Cross volunteers to help
Six volunteers with the Tulsa-Area Chapter of the American Red Cross are joining tornado relief efforts in Woodward.
The volunteers will work with other Red Cross volunteers to help residents who were affected by Sunday's storm, the Red Cross announced Monday.
The tornado touched down at 12:18 a.m. and killed at least six people.
Volunteers Susan Turner (right) and daughter Lauren Turner search Monday through debris at the Hide-A-Way Mobile Home Park in Woodward, where a tornado struck early Sunday morning. NATE BILLINGS / The Oklahoman
Alyssa Coleman, 8, carries her dog Blackie Chan through the debris of what was her home in Woodward on Monday. NATE BILLINGS / The Oklahoman