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Thomas L. Peak dies at 78

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Thomas L. Peak, of Chesterton, passed away Wednesday, June 11 at 3:50 p.m. in Chesterton. He was 78.

He was born Aug. 2, 1929 in Lafayette, the son of Jerome G. and Gladys B. (Horn) Peak, both of whom preceded him in death.

On April 28, 1956 at St. Luke United Lutheran Church, Michigan City, he married Joan McKee, who survives in Chesterton.

He is also survived by daughters, Julie (Loren “Larry”) Gibson of Michigan City, Carole (Bill) Harman of Battle Creek, Mich.; grandchildren, Neil T. and Chad D. Gibson of Michigan City; sisters, Betty (Arthur) Learn of Cupertino, Calif. and Pat (Henry) Schultz of Michigan City; four nephews and three nieces, special friends, Don, Molly and Lisa Payne and beloved canine friend, Chip.

He was also preceded in death by his brother, Bill Peak and two nieces.

Thomas was a plant manager with Sullair for 16 years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during the Korean War. He was a member of St. Luke United Lutheran Church, VFW Post #2536, Moose #980, the International Cockshutt Club, where he avidly restored his co-op tractors and displayed them proudly at area fairs and shows. He was chairman of Pine Twp. Farm Bureau, councilman on the Council of Porter Co. Farm Bureau where he served on the scholarship committee, and the 4H Extension Board.

He grew up on a farm and was originally a dairy farmer in his younger years and returned to his first passion after retirement, crop farming. He was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather.

Funeral services, Pastor John L. Mikenas III officiating, will be at 11 a.m. Monday, June 16 at St. Luke United Lutheran Church. Interment will be in Swan Lake Memorial Gardens, Michigan City with military rites to be conducted by the VFW Post #2536.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home and Monday from 10 a.m. until the service at the Church.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Luke United Lutheran Church or the American Lung Assoc. or the Lupus Foundation.

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Posted 6/13/2008