Thomas Peak

Thomas R. Peak

Tuesday, October 23rd, 1951 - Friday, May 29th, 2020
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Thomas R. Peak, age 68 years, of Centertown, Mo., passed away May 29, 2020 at his home.

He was born on October 23, 1951 in Mexico, Mo., the son of John Paul and Doris Jean (Hagan) Peak. He was married on April 25, 1992 in Jefferson City, Mo. to Melinda Hecht who survives in the home.

A true patriot, Tom proudly served in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam conflict and later enlisted in the Unites States Army National Guard and served in Desert Storm. It was during his military service that Tom began an ongoing letter correspondence with a young lady. When he returned home, those letters turned to phone calls, a date and eventually an over 30-year love story with his wife, Melinda.

Tom’s passion in life was his dogs. He owned String Creek Gamebird Farms and was dedicated to training his prized bird dogs. He liked them even more than people, and operated under the motto “I don’t eat before all my animals are fed”.

He was a proud member and supporter of Hunting for Heroes and Missouri Disabled Sportsmen.

Tom was an honorable man. He was fiercely loyal, dedicated to his family and friends and was incredibly intelligent. Some would be surprised to know how smart and eloquent he truly was, because in general he stayed relatively quiet and kept to himself. He enjoyed his privacy, thrived in solitude and greeted most days sharing a cup of coffee with the sunrise. Tom was punctual, reliable, and giving. He took advantage of any opportunity to help someone else and serve his fellow man. Tom was most known among his family and close friends as the jokester. He had a dry sense of humor and loved to play practical jokes. He was happy and truly enjoyed life by trying not to take himself too seriously.

Survivors include: his wife, Melinda Peak, of Centertown, Mo.; two brothers, John Peak (wife Star) of Anaheim, California and Gary Peak (wife Brenda) of Mexico, Mo.; one brother-in-law, Bill Hecht (Sandy) of Lenexa, Ks.; his mother-in-law, Mary June Hecht of Tipton, Mo.; seven nieces and nephews, Michelle, Kimberly, Lindsay, Chris, Jennifer, Rob and Will; and many great nieces and great nephews.

A visitation will be held from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm Saturday, July 18, 2020 at Freeman Mortuary. Due to the risk of exposure to Covid 19, it is suggested that all family, friends and guests wear masks and maintain a social distance of at least six feet while in attendance.

A celebration of Tom’s life will be conducted at 12:00 pm Saturday, July 18, 2020 in the Freeman Chapel with Deacon Ed Stroesser officiating. A live webcast will be available beginning at 12:00 pm. You can access that through Tom’s memorial page on the funeral home website.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Missouri Disabled Sportsmen

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Freeman Mortuary.
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, July 18th, 2020 | 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Saturday, July 18th, 2020 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Freeman Mortuary
    915 Madison Street
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  • Service

    Saturday, July 18th, 2020 | 12:00pm
    Saturday, July 18th, 2020 12:00pm
    Freeman Chapel
    915 Madison Street
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Michael Bestgen and Theresa Catino

Posted at 06:27pm
Dear Melinda, we wish we could be there, but hope this sign of respect for Tom and sympathy to you will do until we see you again. Much Love.
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Tina Knipp

Posted at 08:42am
At the Ascension, God promised we would see him again and our hearts will rejoice. Alleluia!
You will hold Tom in your arms again one day. Don’t make it too soon please. You have so many great memories. We pray they give you comfort and peace. Tina and Len

Eva Rich

Posted at 06:36pm
We are grieved to hear of Tom’s death. He was a wonderful man and a patriot. His service to his country is appreciated. We have such good memories. Melinda, you are in our thoughts and prayers.
With love,
Skip and Eva Rich.

Kevin & Renee Clardy

Posted at 05:49pm
Melinda and family,
My dear friend, you are in our thoughts and prayers! When the big waves of grief come, and they do, just take a deep breath and release it while counting to 10. Just get through those next 10 seconds. Repeat as often as necessary. Then, just do the next thing. You know we are here for you, anytime, day or night! Love you loads my Sweet Sister!

Eric West

Posted at 03:04pm
Deepest sympathy on Tom’s passing. I’ve been a friend for twenty some odd years and he has trained many dogs for me. Always appreciated his special bond with all my dogs. Especially the last 2 that he called Frick and Frack. Will miss our visits and hunting at both locations. Really enjoyed our stay at the Lodge and our quail dinner we shared that night after the hunt.
RIP old friend.

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