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Born Dec. 1, 1921, in Walnut City, he was the son of Floyd and Myrtle Anne Brown Peek. On April 25, 1969, he married Betty Marie Chestnut Blaine.

He worked at John Morrell & Co., retiring in 1973. He served with the Army 82nd Airborne during World War II. He was a life member of Walter B. Schafer Post 775 Veterans of Foreign Wars, O.B. Nelson Post 3 American Legion and Disabled American Veterans.

Survivors include his wife; two sons, Jimmie Peek of Red Oak and Randy Peek of Fort Madison; two daughters, Desi Powe of Sandoval, Ill., and Tonya Nelson of Centralia, Ill.; four stepsons, James Blaine and Larry Blaine, both of Ottumwa, Frank Blaine of Farson and George Blaine of Brooklyn, N.Y.; two stepdaughters, Beverly Neel of Richland and Karen Young of Ottumwa; 36 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Donald Peek of Des Moines and Ernest Peek of Ottumwa.  He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, two sisters and one grandson.

Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Sunday at Reece Funeral Home in Ottumwa, where the family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m.

The funeral for Mr. Peek will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Reece Funeral Home with the Rev. Harold Baker officiating. Burial with military rites will be in Ottumwa Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Walter B. Schafer Post 775 Veterans of Foreign Wars.

(The Hawk Eye, Burlington, IA, 11 Feb 2007, Page A1 - courtesy of Tedd Cocker)


(courtesy of Howard Burough)

Grave marker for James O. and Betty M. Peek in the Ottumwa Cemetery, Ottumwa (Wapello county), Iowa.  The obverse lists ten children apparently born during two marriages.

James enlisted in Ottumwa, IA on 13 January 1941 after having served in the National Guard. Although he had a stated preference for the Cavalry at the time, he later volunteered for parachutist duty.

Cpl Peek was wounded on 26 December 1944 in Belgium and was awarded the Purple Heart.

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