Born: October 13, 1915
September 13, 2013
Walter Stidger Peckinpaugh died September 13, 2013. He was born to Roger Thorpe and Mildred Peckinpaugh in Cleveland, Ohio, October 13, 1915, the second of four boys. His father was a major league baseball player so his early life was spent around such greats as Babe Ruth and Walter Johnson which probably influenced his great love of sports.
He graduated from Shaw High, in East Cleveland, Ohio, as the first student to receive nine letters for Football, Basketball and Baseball. He went on to graduate from the University of Michigan where he was elected captain of the baseball team two years. He was also a member of the Michigamua and the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. After college he played a year in the minor leagues but his career was interrupted by World War II.
In 1942, he married Annabel Dredge, the love of his life for 71 years. They had three children. He was employed at an industrial brush company as Director of Purchasing. He served the community by coaching Little League baseball and as a Cub Scout troop leader. He was involved in the Junior Achievement program. He was a Trustee of the Christian Church in Cleveland and later in the Hamilton Presbyterian Church. He was a life-long member of the Scottish Rite.
In 1982, he and Annabel moved to Hamilton, Montana, where he finished a log home that their son, Steve, had erected. He spent the last thirty plus years caring for and enjoying their property that looked out at the Bitterroot Mountains.
He was a quiet man with great love of family, with quiet humor, and great one-liners. He enjoyed theater, bridge, dancing and especially golf. He was a member of the Hamilton Golf course. He will be missed.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers (Roger, Ralph, and John), and one grandson (Ben). He is survived by his wife, Annabel; children, Walter Jr. (Marilyn), Steve (Catherine), Sarah Hoemann (Warren); four grandsons (Tom, Nate, Dan, and Jeff), one granddaughter (Katie) and six great grandchildren.
Interment was private. Friends may send memorials to the Shriners Hospitals for Children or a charity of their choice, or condolences in care of Daly –Leach Memorial Chapel (www.dalyleachchapel.com).
September 13, 1918
Died: November 2, 2013
Dredge Peckinpaugh of Hamilton, MT passed away peacefully with family by her
side November 2, 2013 after a brief illness. She was born on September 13, 1918
in Cleveland, Ohio, the second child of Verly and Verna Dredge. Her older
brother was David Emerson Dredge.
she was most often called, grew up in East Cleveland in a close knit family. Her
father was the local doctor and by the age of 14,
she was driving him around when he made house calls. At a young age, she and
nine other little girls formed a club called the “TA’s” – meaning
“Together Always” - which became the basis of lifetime friendships for over
eighty years and many reunions, the last one in Montana not too many years ago.
Anne would often reminisce about growing up during the depression, her
summers with cousins on their farm in New Carlisle, Ohio and life with her
family in general.
Anne was a
graduate of Shaw High School in East Cleveland, Ohio and then attended the
University of Michigan where she would take courses in Architecture and Interior
Design, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, one of the first women
to receive this degree. She was a member of the Delta Gamma sorority. While at
Michigan, Anne would meet again Walter Peckinpaugh of Cleveland, Ohio whom she
would eventually wed. Upon graduation, she worked for Bonhard’s, the top
furniture and interior design store in Cleveland.
Walt’s discharge from the Army, she and Walt married in 1942 and together they
began their life that would welcome three children in the next five years.
During their forty years of living in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, Anne was active in
Cub Scouts, PTA, American Field Service and church, holding various positions
through the years. She continued her love of knowledge taking classes in
Advertising and French and used her art training to design wallpaper and
friends were the center of Anne’s life, nurturing them with love and loyalty
and always, great dinners. Anne was not only a great Mom and friend, but an
excellent cook as well.
Anne and Walt moved to Hamilton to retire and enjoy the western lifestyle that
the Bitterroot Valley had to offer. Anne
designed their dream log home and she and Walt did the finishing work. They
enjoyed their new friends and view of Blodgett Canyon for over 31 years.
Continuing the pattern that had defined their life in Cleveland, Anne and Walt
hosted many memorable dinner parties for family and friends and their home was
the center for many celebrations of births, weddings,
anniversaries, reunions and just general good times.
up golf in her late fifties and enjoyed playing with Walt and her friends until
her late eighties. She also enjoyed playing bridge and other games while keeping
her mind sharp with the daily completion of a crossword puzzle or two. For many
years, Anne was active in the Presbyterian Church and she became a member of PEO
and enjoyed the friendships of Chapters AF and BC. Retirement also saw Anne and
Walt traveling to Europe, Kenya, China, Fiji, Bali, New Zealand, Ireland, Alaska
after moving to Hamilton, Anne was asked by a friend to volunteer at Ravalli
Services; it was the start of over 25 years of her being a volunteer and
eventually a board member as well, a position that she still held at the time of
her passing. Ravalli Services offer community based services to individuals with
developmental disabilities. Anne loved people and was a staunch champion of the
less fortunate and always encouraged everyone to be kind.
Walt were married for over 71 years and shared a love that set an example for
all. Her love, loyalty and caring for her family and friends, her amazing energy
and her memorable meals are dearly missed.
preceded in death by her husband Walt, her brother David and a grandson, Ben.
She is survived by her three children; Walter (wife Marilyn), Steve (wife
Catherine) and Sarah (husband Warren); four grandsons, Tom, Nate, Dan and Jeff,
one granddaughter, Katie and six great-grandchildren. A private family graveside
service was held on November 16th at the Hamilton Riverview Cemetery
where she was laid to rest beside her beloved Walt.
may be sent to Ravalli Services, 219 Pennsylvania Ave, Hamilton, MT, 59840 in
care of Mike Sadowski (Phone: 406-363-5400) OR to The Cottey College Scholarship
Fund, P.E.O. International Headquarters, 3700 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa
50312 (Phone: 515-255-3153).
"True love isn't Romeo and Juliet, who died together, It's Grandma and Grandpa who grew old together"
Here's to 71+ great years together...