Edward Vance Peck, 68, died January 16, 2013, in Ellensburg, WA. He was born in 1944, in Columbia, Tennessee, a son of Myron King Peck III and Harriet Hill (Pursley) Peck.
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He was reared in Columbia, TN and graduated from Columbia Central High School in 1962. He was the captain of the Central High School Band and the Civitan Medalist in his senior year there.
Mr. Peck was a 1966 graduate of the University of Kentucky in Lexington, where he was a recipient of a Music Department Grant-in-Aid for three years as a founding member of the University's Wind Ensemble and first chair tuba in the Symphonic Band. He received a B.S. degree in Geology with Departmental Honors. After graduate study at Indiana University, he began a 35 year career in petroleum exploration. That career included work in Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, Wyoming, and Colorado.
In 1993 Mr. Peck married Sandra Naomi Adams in St. Timothy's Episcopal Church in Littleton, Colorado.
Mr. and Mrs. Peck moved to Kittitas County, Washington, in 2007 and have resided there since. Mr. Peck was recently described as having "bigger than life kindness with a smile on his face and always ready with a story."
Mr. Peck was active in the parish of Grace Episcopal Church in Ellensburg, WA. Upon retirement he had renewed his participation in concert band music, playing either tuba, baritone, or trumpet in various bands while in Colorado. In central Washington Mr. Peck was an enthusiastic player in the Thorp Community Band, in the Musikkapelle Leavenworth of the town of Leavenworth, and in the Yakima Valley Community Concert Band of Yakima. Additional interests included avid study of British history and culture. He was a member of the Kiwanis Club of Ellensburg and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
He was preceded in death by his father in 1998 and his mother in 2012. Survivors include his wife, Sandra Adams Peck, a sister, Alice Hardin Peck Butcher, of Columbia, TN; two brothers, Myron King Peck IV, of St. Louis, MO, and Matthew Joseph Peck of Lewisburg, TN; a step-son, Rick Wenisch(Joan), of Morgan, Minnesota; and three granddaughters, Sara, Rebecca and Rachael Wenisch; three nephews, Myron K. (Kristine) Peck V of St. Louis, Missouri; Bruce Q. (Michelle) Peck of Sacramento, California; Hardin T. (Alison) Butcher of Yonkers, New York; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.
A memorial service will be held January 26, 1:00 P.M. at Grace Episcopal Church in Ellensburg. Interment will be at St. John's Episcopal Church, Ashwood, TN, at 10:30 a.m. on February 9, 2013. The family suggests memorials to the Herbert Bird Scholarship Fund, CWU in care of Brookside Funeral Home, 101 E Second Ave., Ellensburg, WA 98926.
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101 East 2nd Avenue Ellensburg, WA 98926
Published in Daily Record from Jan. 22 to Jan. 29, 2013