On October 23, 2012, Gordon Peck, longtime resident of the Rogue Valley, passed away after a long illness. He was born May 3, 1929, in Midlothian, Ill.
As a young man, he served in the United States Marine Corps and was honorably discharged. He later married Ruth Hildebrand June 4, 1949. They moved west and settled in Eagle Point in 1959 where they raised four sons, five horses, and several cattle. Gordon established himself as a home builder, building dozens of homes in Eagle Point and throughout the valley, and as a member of the Jaycees, flipping pancakes on the 4th of July. He was an active singer in barbershop quartets and a determined salmon fisherman. He later established one of the first vineyards in the valley, Quail Run Vineyard, in Talent, where he won awards for the quality of his grapes.
In retirement, he spent many years in Sagle, Idaho, with his second wife, Cookie Peyton. Together they built a log home overlooking Lake Pend Oreille.
He was preceded in death by Ruth Peck; his parents, Robert and Olive Peck; and his brother, Robert Peck Jr. He is survived by his wife, Cookie, of Sagle, Idaho; sisters-in-law, Ellen Peck, of Woodstock, Ga., Jeanette Hildebrand, of Chicago, Ill., Betty Jean Hammond, of Friendship, Tenn., Jennie Fehlinger, of Greenwood, Indiana; and brother-in-law, Jim Sushak, of Bemidji, Minn.; his sons and their wives, Ron and Lana Peck, of Woodinville, Wash., Ralf and Sandy Peck, of Jacksonville, Ore., Murray and Colleen Peck, of Snoqualmie, Wash., and Corey Peck and Kris Baker, of Concord, Mass.; his stepdaughter, Amy Peyton, of Forest Grove, Ore. He is also survived by two nieces, 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
A celebration of life is planned for the spring of 2013, when his ashes will be interred in Jacksonville Cemetery.