Published 12:00 am Sunday, July 19, 2009
Francis O. Peak, of Albert Lea, Minn., died Thursday, July 16, 2009 at Good Samaritan Center with his wife, Vera, at his side.
Francis was born on Oct. 26, 1920 to Ernest and Versa (Lyon) Peak in Logan, Kan. He grew up in Kansas and lived with his family in several locations in Kansas, Florida, Michigan and other locations before settling in Minnesota in the early 1940s.
On June 25, 1944, Francis was united in marriage to Lois Peal at 1st Lutheran Church in Albert Lea, Minn. He worked as a carpenter for Paul Olson Construction and also farmed on the side. Lois passed away in 1981. On April 24, 1982, Francis married Vera Pierson at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Austin.
He was a member of the Hollandale Reformed Church, where he served as a deacon. Francis was also a member of the Carpenters Union, served on the Hollandale Cemetery Board and was on the board for the Hollandale Museum. Francis built the windmill building for the museum. In his spare time he enjoyed woodworking. Francis loved camping and fishing and was a member of the Good Sam Camping Club. Francis went on several mission trips to Kentucky and made hundreds of quilts for the church.
Survivors include his wife: Vera Peak, Hollandale; children: George Peak, Cannon Falls, Minn., Susan (Stuart) Kringen, LeSueur, Minn., Edward (Linda) Peak, Hayward, Minn., Trudy (Robert) Ehlers, Lakefield, Minn., and Janet (Tom) Aguilera, Ellendale, Minn.; grandchildren: Sandra, James, Stacy, Steve, Jeffrey, Jared, Lana, Jerry, Michael, Lori, Benjamin, Jennifer and Christopher; 21 great-grandchildren; sisters: Wilma Noble, Austin, Alice (Willard) Spilde, Albert Lea, and Twila (Fred) Norton, Salt Lake City, Utah; brother: Doug (Gert) Peak, Albert Lea; and many nieces and nephews.
Francis was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Lois; son, David; grandson, Eric; and daughter-in-law, Carol.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, July 21, 2009 at Hollandale Reformed Church. The Rev. Neal Ooms will officiate. Interment will be at the Hollandale Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, July 20 at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church. To sign the guest book, go to www.bayviewfuneral.com.