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Thomas Peak

Thomas R. Peak

Tuesday, October 23rd, 1951 - Friday, May 29th, 2020
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Obituary

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, Lindsey, 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 https://www.missouridisabledsportsmen.org/donate.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Freeman Mortuary.
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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.
Eric
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Harry Boul

Posted at 11:55am
Tom trained our Brittany, Shasta Mizzou, in the summer of 2007. She vacationed with him, while we were gone, and loved every minute of it. Tom guided us on hunts, chatted with us and always made us feel like we were his friends. He was a gentleman who cannot be replaced. We will miss him. - Harry Boul and Geraldine Routh
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Pat Graham

Posted at 09:26am
Tom Peak - you made all my dogs better dogs, and me a better person. I know the dogs were far easier to train than the challenge I presented you! You left before my training was complete, but the groundwork was started. Gonna miss our early morning "profound thought" sessions, and the amusement I provided you as you kept count of my shots at the birds - then the required reckoning after the hunt! Quick with a smile, quick with a witty quip - it was always a fun visit. Enjoy the endless bird fields where you now reside, and may your shooting be straight and true.
Peace my friend!
Pat Graham
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Jan Beazley

Posted at 02:38pm
Peak Family:
You are cherished! Memories of the fun times our brother Glenn Beazley told of this kind, caring, ever teaching, generous man (to describe in short) spoke of with honor, respect and love. A true man's man. When Glenn went to heaven Mr. Peak was so kind and was peaceful and easy around us. I will never forget how wonderful he made us feel. Such a true friend. I am sure they are together now catching up. I pray God's peace upon each of you. You will remain close to our hearts and in my prayer's. If we can be of assistance please do not hesitate to call. Tom Peak was a Legend stand tall! Mr. Peak rest easy. Peace and God's blessings!
Jan Beazley & Terry Beazley
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Glenn Muenks

Posted at 05:23pm
LIKE all of us I was shocked and saddened by the news of Tom's unexpected passing. I met Tom nearly twenty years ago when he started purchasing some birds from me for his hunting preserve. What started out as a business relationship has turned into a solid friendship. I will always treasure our visits, we had many. Many phone calls, many visits to our farm and many with me going to the lodge to deliver birds. He was so good at everything he did. He was always concerned about the welfare of the birds and the dogs. Always concerned that his clients had a good experience when they visited his operation. RIP Tom Peak, until we meet again. He always told me to "put it on your dance card". I will my friend and I miss you already. Glenn Muenks
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