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Duard "Dewey" R. Peck, age 94, of Interlochen, passed away Sunday, March 5, 2017. He was born Nov. 25, 1922 in Traverse City to Charles and Mildred (St. John) Peck.
Duard enlisted in the U.S. Army and served his country during World War II. He received a purple heart from the Battle of the Bulge. He served in Normandy, Northern France and throughout Europe.
Duard married the late Mildred "Midge" Sheldon on Sept. 4, 1943 in Sault Ste. Marie. He later married Doris Hamm on March 24, 2003.
Duard worked for Purvis Brothers as a welder for many years and at Consumers Power in maintenance.
He was a member of the Pioneer Bible Church in Honor. Duard was also a part of the Experimental Aircraft Association and the Traverse City Motorcycle Club.
He taught welding to adults through the community education program at the high school. When Duard wasn't busy fixing or building something, he enjoyed hunting and flying.
Duard is survived by his children, Brenda (Douglas) Sheldon, of Sebring, Florida, Jene' (Ron) Wright Ahlquist, of Grand Haven, Penny (Jim) Liesmanki-Papka, of Watertown, South Dakota, and Mark (Kim) Peck, of Lansing; 12 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; three sisters, Lucille Nelson, Gladys (Floyd) Kevwitch and Irene (Ray) Wilson; one brother, Cecil Peck; and many nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, Duard was preceded in death by his first wife, Mildred; children, Gwendolyn Sue and Raymond Bruce; granddaughter, Elizabeth Peck; great-grandson, Jonathan Rademaker; sister, Dorothy Malujik; and sons-in-law, Brian Wright and Curtis Liesmaki.
A celebration of life is being planned for July 21, 2017. An announcement will be placed once a time and place has been determined.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI) Foundation, 804 W. Diamond Ave., Ste. 210, Gaithersburg, MD 20878.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Covell Funeral Home of Traverse City.
Published on March 8, 2017
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