Rhiannon ‘Rhi’ Peak - May 03, 2012
Rhiannon “Rhi” Kay Peak was born on March 23, 1992, in Kearney, Neb., to Vance and Kristi (Priesner) Peak. They made their home on a farmhouse north of Paxton.
Rhi started her school career at Snuggles and Fun Pre-school and attended dance classes at an early age. She attended K-12 at Paxton Consolidated School, graduating in 2010.
While in school she was involved in volleyball, basketball and track. She and her teammates competed at the state volleyball tournament all four years, placing first their sophomore year and third their junior year. In basketball her junior year they made it to state and placed fourth. She loved playing sports and hanging out with her friends and teammates. Rhi was also involved in speech, music, band, FBLA, one acts, quiz bowl, FPS and National Honor Society.
After graduation, Rhi played basketball and volleyball for the SCC Beatrice Lady Storm. She was one of six students selected to represent the Phi Theta Kappa Academic team and was invited to speak at the State Capitol. Rhi was a candidate for homecoming queen at SCC.
During her last year, the basketball team qualified for Nationals, placing eighth. Rhi was an excellent student, earning Academic All-Region honors her freshman year and Academic All-American honors this year. Everyone on campus knew her because she made friends so easily. “She was just a bright shining star,” her coach Foster-Puhalla said. “Everybody was attracted to her and wanted to be around her because of how positive she was. She was always in a great mood, and she will be sorely missed by everybody who knew her.”
On March 15, 2012, she obtained her Associates of Arts Degree and was planning on returning to Beatrice later this summer to walk with her class at graduation. She had moved back to Paxton, planning to start at UNL in the fall to earn a degree in education.
Rhi loved music, going to concerts, hanging out with her friends, watching movies, driving to Pump and Pantry for a Dr. Pepper, going to the lake, having bonfires out at the river and most importantly, spending quality time with dad and grandma. Rhi made friends wherever she went and will always be remembered by those she left behind.
Rhi lived her life by her favorite quote, “Do not look back and grieve over the past, for it is gone; and do not be troubled by the future, for it has yet to come. Live in the present, and make it so beautiful that it will be worth remembering.” —Ida Scott Taylor
Rhi is survived by her father, Vance Peak of Paxton; grandparents, Phyllis Peak of Paxton, Carl and Joyce Peak of Castle Rock, Colo., Darrold Priesner of Graham, Wash.; great grandmother, Grace Peak of Grant; aunts, uncles and cousins, Mike and Kelly Peak, Tory and Sydney of Kearney, Ken and Laurie Priesner of Ogallala, Cheryl and Mike Isley, Sarah (Brad) Thorsteinson of Graham, Wash.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Kristi (Priesner) Peak; grandmother, Wanda Priesner; and cousin, Josh Isley.
Funeral services were held Saturday, April 28, 2012, at 2 p.m. at the Paxton High School gymnasium in Paxton with Rev. Adam Davenport of Paxton United Methodist Church, Rev. Eldon Davis of Ainsworth United Methodist Church and Sam Fisher officiating.
Music was provided by Matt Perlinger, pianist; and special selections by Matt Perlinger.
Pallbearers were Matt Perlinger, Delley Bergen, Justin Callihan, Cooper Bollman, Spencer Holzfaster, Riley Martinosky and Bryce Hasenauer.
Ushers were Jody Rhodes, Fred Lierley, Ray Lehl, Del Dack, George Marquette, Troy Dehning, Dale Schroeder, Jim Glenn and LeAnn Ayres.
Register book attendants were Michelle Dack, Nicole Campbell, Sadie Waugh, Katie Elder, Kylee Gries, Marlee Waugh and Erica Rhodes.
Interment was in the Paxton Cemetery, Paxton.
Draucker Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.