GIBSON CITY – Robert Eugene "Bob" Peeken, 88, of Gibson City went to be with his Lord and Savior and his beloved wife Shirley at 12:17 p.m. Tuesday (Oct. 4, 2016) at the Gibson City Hospital Annex. He now sleeps in heavenly peace.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at the Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City. The Rev. John Tennyson will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday and one hour prior to the services Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will follow immediately after the funeral with full military rites accorded at the Drummer Township Cemetery in Gibson City. Masonic rites will be accorded one hour prior to the visitation, 4 p.m. on Friday, at the funeral home.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the Gibson Area Hospital Annex Fund.
Mr. Peeken was born in Gilman on Feb. 15, 1928, to Adolph "Ade" and Violet (Nelson) Peeken. He attended schools in Gibson City and graduated from Drummer Township High School in 1946.
On Oct. 8, 2016, he would have celebrated his 70th class reunion with his classmates. Prior to receiving his high school diploma, Mr. Peeken and Dale Jones enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He completed his basic training at the Great Lakes Naval Training facility in East Chicago. He was then assigned to the USS Topeka that was docked in San Diego, Calif. Mr. Peeken and the USS Topeka were involved in the Korean War.
Upon returning to Gibson City, he started his career working over 40 years at Master Mix/Central Soya, retiring as a shift supervisor in the Protein Promo Soy Department.
He was also self-employed with one of his best friends, Harold Miller, and he also worked part time with Edgar Cullip.
In Gibson City, he met Shirley Dehm, the greatest woman, and on Sept. 1, 1951, they were married at the Piper City Methodist Church.
Surviving are two children, Melody (Steve) Tracy of Mason City and a son, Robbin Peeken of Bloomington; two grandsons, Stephen (Susan) Tracy of New Holland and John (Ashley) Tracy of Petersburg; a great-grandson, Jack Tracy; a sister-in-law, Eva Peters of Punta Gorda, Fla.; a brother and sister-in-law, Robert (Mary Ann) Dehm of Chatsworth; and granddogs Abbie, Orie, Abby and Badger.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father and Mrs. Shirley Peeken.
His first love was his wife Shirley but he enjoyed his vegetable garden, reading and listening to WGCY. He was a great man, son, husband, grandfather and great-grandfather and provider.
He was a member of the United Methodist Church, VFW Post 6289 and the A.F.&A.M. Masonic Lodge 733 of Gibson City. He served as an alderman for several years on the city council.
A very heartfelt thank you to Dr. David Hagan and his staff, the staff and employees of Gibson City Hospital and a special thank you to all employees of the Gibson Annex for the expert quality of care and continued concern and patience given to Mr. Peeken.