Bruce Peak - January 21, 2010
Bruce Peak was born on Jan. 18, 1916 on the Peak family farm south of Madrid, Neb. He was the fourth of seven children born to Floyd and Vada Inman Peak.
In 1924 the Peak family moved to a farm in the Blanche area southwest of Elsie, Neb. He attended school through the eighth grade at District #36.
Bruce helped his father farm and he was married to Grace Lawson on Feb. 6, 1935 at Grant, Neb. One son, Carl and two daughters, Norma and Verna, were born to this union.
In 1939 Bruce and Grace moved their family to Coquille, Ore. and then to Albany, Ore. in 1941. Bruce was employed by a plywood mill where he was promoted to a foreman in 1941.
In 1944 the family returned to the farm in Nebraska where Bruce took over the operation due to his father’s failing health. Bruce farmed until 1966 when they moved to Grant. He served as the custodian at the Perkins County Courthouse until he retired in 1981.
Bruce stayed active in his older years and with the help of Grace he was able to stay at home until the end of December when he was moved to the Golden Ours Convalescent Home in Grant. He died at Golden Ours early Friday morning, Jan. 15, 2010–three days short of his 94th birthday.
Bruce was a member of the Grant Lions Club for 31 years where he was a willing worker and ready to offer his help wherever needed. He was also a long time member of the Grant United Methodist Church.
He enjoyed the outdoors, and farming was always his first love. He appreciated the times he was able to go down and help his son-in-law at his farm near Imperial, Neb.
In addition to his parents, Bruce was preceded in death by five sisters: Violet Edmond, Vesta Bartol Goldie Keller, Virginia Shores and an infant, Gurna Peak; one grandson, Dary Fitzpatrick, and a granddaughter-in-law, Kristi Peak.
He is survived by his wife of over 74 years, Grace; one son, Carl and wife, Joyce, of Castle Rock, Colo.; two daughters, Norma and husband, Seth Fitzpatrick, of Imperial, and Verna and husband, Duane Stiverson, of Waukesha, Wisc.; five grandsons, Vance Peak, Mike and wife, Kelly Peak, Garet and wife, Jennifer Fitzpatrick, Todd and wife, Ann Stiverson, and Scott and wife, Suzanne Stiverson; two granddaughters, Terry and husband, Larry Axlen, and LaNae and husband, Mark Schamberger; 14 great-grandchildren, Alex, Madalyn, Hope, Hailey and Bo Stiverson; Rhiannon, Tory and Sidney Peak; Katie and David Axlen; Hunter and Easton Fitzpatrick; and Lilly and Macy Schamberger; one sister, Louvella Cook of Grant; other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were Monday, Jan. 18, 2010 at the Grant United Methodist Church with Pastor Richard Savage officiating.
Burial was in the Grant Cemetery.
Bullock-Long Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.