John A. Peebles

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CHOTEAU - John Alfred Peebles, 87, a Choteau rancher and World War II veteran, died of natural causes Friday, Dec. 9, at the Teton Medical Center in Choteau.

His funeral is at 11 a.m. on Friday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints in Choteau, with burial in Choteau Cemetery. Gorder Jensen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

The life of John A. Peebles began Dec. 5, 1924, in Choteau. He was the son of James and Gertrude (Stewart) Peebles. He attended Teton County High School, graduating in May of 1943.

In December, he enlisted in the United States Air Force and soon became a lower ball gunner on a B-24 bomber. On his 10th mission above the Marshals Yard in Munich, Germany, his disabled plane was shot down by enemy anti-aircraft fire. His entire crew was captured as prisoners of war; he remained for seven months at Stalag Luft 4, until it was liberated by the Russians. Shortly thereafter he was escorted to France and finally returned to his family's ranch west of Choteau. He was honorably discharged from the service on Nov. 13, 1945.

Soon after returning, he married his classmate, Glenna Stott, on June 22, 1947, in Bynum, Mont. They enjoyed the next 64 years on their ranch west of Choteau. He was well-known in the community as an honest, hardworking man with a sincere personality. He spent his entire ranching life working hard to care for his family, cattle and land. John loved the ranch, and work was a priority. He had a passion for keeping his fences in good repair. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his brother's wife, Marian Peebles.

He is survived by his wife, Glenna; two sons, Dr. John D. (Karen) Peebles and Dr. William S. (Sonja) Peebles; brother, James Peebles; grandchildren, Luke, Thane, Kylee and John R. Peebles; numerous nieces and nephews; and his companion dog, "Gus," all of Choteau.

Memorials in John's honor are suggested to the Teton Medical Center or a .

Condolences may be left online at and/or

Published in Great Falls Tribune on Dec. 13, 2011
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