In Memoriam  


Walter Stidger Peckinpaugh



Born: October 13, 1915

    Died: 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 (


Annabel Dredge Peckinpaugh    



Born: September 13, 1918

Died: November 2, 2013

Annabel 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.

Anne, as 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.

Upon 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 dinnerware.

Family 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.

In 1982, 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.

Anne took 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 and Hawaii.

Not long 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.

Anne and 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.

Anne was 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.

Memorials 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...