Rudolph A. Peckinpaugh, 88, of Perrysburg and Lakeside, Ohio, died on Wednesday, September 25, 2013, in
Advanced Specialty Hospital of Toledo, after a brief
illness. Mr. Peckinpaugh was the youngest of five boys, who grew up on Collingwood Blvd. across the street from the First Presbyterian Church, only a short distance from the home of R.A. Bartley, his great-grandfather. Mr. Peckinpaugh and his brothers, often called the "Five Pecks," spent their summers in Lakeside, Ohio, a Chautauqua community associated with the Methodist Church located on the shores of Lake Erie. His family, now fifth generation Lakesiders, still reside in the same Victorian summer home, built by his ancestors.
Mr. Peckinpaugh attended St. John's Military Academy, a college preparatory school in Delafield, Wisconsin and thereafter attended the
Citadel, a military college in Charleston, South Carolina. During World War II, he was assigned to the Army's Military Police and stationed at Camp Gordon in Augusta, Georgia, among other stateside Army installations.
Following World War II, Mr. Peckinpaugh pursued a business administration degree at The University of Toledo and also attended post-graduate accounting classes at The University of Michigan. He joined two older brothers, Richard and David, in the management of the Bartley Company, a family owned wholesale grocery business founded by R.A. Bartley in 1872. The business served grocery stores, restaurants, hotels, and schools throughout Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan until its merger with Defiance Grocery in 1979.
Twice voted Toledo's
Outstanding Young Man, Mr. Peckinpaugh served as an economic advisor to former Mayor, Doug DeGood, and was also appointed a city ambassador by former Mayor, Donna Owens for purposes of delivering a glass gift to the Mayor of the City of Toledo, Spain. Having spent his life in Toledo, Mr. Peckinpaugh was an avid cheerleader for the city, and regularly supported community and civic activities.
Mr. Peckinpaugh was a lifelong camper at YMCA Storer Camps and was a citywide swimming champion in his youth. He enjoyed scuba diving and underwater photography, snow skiing in Northern Michigan, and fishing and boating throughout Lake Erie. Mr. Peckinpaugh had a passion for music, art, travel, and history and was a student of the game of bridge, having played throughout his life with several different bridge groups in Toledo, Maumee, and Perrysburg.
Mr. Peckinpaugh shared his life with three wives, all of whom predeceased him. He married Jean Luan Snearing, the night nursing supervisor at The Toledo Hospital in 1953. They raised two children, Rudolph Jr. and Carter, in their home on Corey Street in Maumee, Ohio. Following Luan's death in 1964, Mr. Peckinpaugh married Martha Adams Secrest, a
fellow Lakesider, in 1966 and later expanded their family to include daughter, Paulene, who was born two years later. After Martha's death in 1979, following a courageous battle with cancer, Mr. Peckinpaugh in 1985 married Dorothy Rainie, the longtime society editor of The Toledo Blade. The two lived on River Road in South Toledo, and later in Perrysburg, while they attended many social functions in Toledo and traveled to several destinations around the world. They
remained married until Dorothy's death in 1999.
Mr. Peckinpaugh was a board member of Conlon Service Center, a group devoted to assisting the handicapped, and was also a 50 year member of Sertoma International, a service organization dedicated to community-based projects. He was a member of the Toledo Club, the Toledo Country Club, the Toledo Museum of Art, the Toledo Symphony, American Legion Post 335, and the Maumee First Presbyterian Church. Mr. Peckinpaugh regularly attended the symphony, the opera, and events supporting the Humane
Society, and never missed the Broadway series at the Stranahan Theater.
Mr. Peckinpaugh was
preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Virginia (Bartley) Peckinpaugh; four brothers, Charles Jr.,
Richard, David, and Barnes; three wives, Luan, Martha, and Dorothy, and two children, Bret and Leland.
Mr. Peckinpaugh was a loving husband, devoted father, and caring grandfather, who will be deeply missed by his family. He is survived by his children, Rudolph Jr. (fiancé, Sally), Carter (Pamela), and Paulene (Mark) Wilson; four grandchildren, Elizabeth and Carter Bartley Peckinpaugh from Boston, and Luke and Reed Wilson from Columbus; many nieces and nephews, and family friend and
caregiver, Ted Franks, who helped and supported Mr. Peckinpaugh during the last years of his life.
The family wishes to gratefully acknowledge the care and compassionate support provided by Dr. Hesham El Gamel and the staff at St. Luke's Hospital, the nursing staff at Advanced Specialty Hospital, and the caregivers at Hospice of Northwest Ohio. These were extraordinary people, who provided much comfort and support to Mr. Peckinpaugh and his family. The family also wishes to acknowledge the support they received from the First Presbyterian Church, especially Pastor Clint Tolbert and Pastor Steve Nelson, who together offered steadfast guidance and spiritual reassurance at a very difficult time.
Visitation will be on Monday, September 30, 2013, at the Walker Funeral Home, 5155 Sylvania Ave. (west of Corey Rd.) from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. with Legion Post 335 honors at 7 p.m. A memorial service will be held in the chapel of the First Presbyterian Church, 200 East Broadway Street, Maumee, Ohio on Tuesday, October 1, at 11 a.m. Mr. Peckinpaugh will be buried at the Greenlawn Cemetery in Delta, Ohio in a private service.
Because of the magnificent rehabilitation services Mr. Peckinpaugh received for several years from the staff at the UTMC Cardiac Rehabilitation Center, he established a private trust to assist four people annually who lack the financial means to afford the Medical Center's six month Phase III cardiac program. In lieu of flowers, the family requests any tributes be made to the Rudolph A. Peckinpaugh, Cardiac
Rehabilitation Trust, c/o Mark H. Boss, Esq., Eastman & Smith Ltd., P.O. Box 10032, Toledo, Ohio 43699. Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting
Published in Toledo Blade on Sept. 29, 2013
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