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William Ray "Will" Peck
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Birth: Nov. 9, 1854
De Pere
Brown County
Wisconsin, USA
Death: Jul. 13, 1945
Peoria County
Illinois, USA

Son of James & Jane (Woodward) Peck. Father from Connecticut, mother (later Mrs. G. Allen) from England. Husband of Francis L. "Fannie" Stowell (m. Nov 25, 1894?).

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William R. Peck, 90, former postmaster at Edelstein for 47 years and retired village druggist, died at 3:30 a.m. Friday, July 13, at his home there. He had been in failing health two years and had been seriously ill two weeks.

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the Congregational church in Edelstein, with the Bouton Memorial home of Princeville in charge. The service was conducted by Dr. C.W. Schroeder of Peoria. Pallbearers were Harold Johnson, Chas. Holmes, E.E. Roll, Oscar Hensel, Lawrence Crossett and Chris Elsasser. The body was taken to Davenport Monday for cremation.

Postmaster 47 years under nine presidential administrations, Mr. Peck retired in 1940. He was widely known throughout this community. Following his appointment as postmaster in 1893 by President Grover Cleveland, Mr. Peck served under Presidents McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, Taft, Wilson, Harding, Coolidge, Hoover and F.D. Roosevelt.

Through handling the village mail, Mr. Peck became well acquainted with the residents of the territory, and had delivered mail to as many as three generations in many families. The postoffice was located in his drugstore in the town, and was a popular rendezvous for his many friends among the inhabitants there. He sold the drug store business in 1941. Prior to going to Edelstein, Mr. Peck had been associated with Allaire-Woodward Co., in Peoria for a short time.

Mr. Peck was born at DePere, Wis., Nov 9, 1854, while the state was still a wilderness. He went to Edelstein in 1890 [1894?]. On Thanksgiving Day of that same year he married Fannie Stowell, and the couple celebrated their golden wedding anniversary last fall. Mr. Peck was a member of the Edelstein Congregational church.

Surviving are the widow; four sons, Russell Peck, Edelstein; Howard, of Denver, Colo.; Walter, boatswains's mate with the Navy in the South Pacific, and T-Sgt, Ralph Peck with the Army in Europe; one daughter, Mrs. DeForest Wead of Peoria, and three grandchildren, Janet Peck of Edelstein and Rodney and Carol Peck of Denver. 
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  Frances L. Stowell Peck (1867 - 1960)
  William Russell Peck (1896 - 1985)*
  Walter Stowell Peck (1904 - 1998)*
*Calculated relationship
Blue Ridge Cemetery
North Hampton
Peoria County
Illinois, USA
Maintained by: One Foot In The Grave
Originally Created by: John Melton
Record added: Feb 21, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 65942003
William Ray Will Peck
Added by: John Melton
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