ERIE — Gregory W. “Greg” Peck, 64, of rural Erie, a longtime cattle rancher, passed away at 2:03 p.m. Friday, June 14, 2019, at his home surrounded by his loving family.
He was born on Nov. 19, 1954, at Parsons to Ernest J. and Helen (Featherstone) Peck. Greg grew up at Parsons and Altoona before the family moved to rural Erie in 1964. He attended Erie schools, graduating from Erie High School in 1972.
After high school he worked for his father in the Peck family cattle business. Ernest Peck purchased the Neosho Valley Cow Pool in 1961. This became the beginning of the Peck family cattle enterprise. Upon Ernie’s passing, Greg and his brother, Gene, took over the operation in 1981. This became the birth of the Peck Brothers Cattle Co. Greg has maintained the sole proprietorship of the operation since 2010. Greg’s job was his passion, his pride was his quality cattle and his pleasure was improving grassland. Greg enjoyed attending different sale barns in Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas and Iowa throughout his career. He especially enjoyed traveling to the Flint Hills of Central Kansas. Participation in the cattle industry allowed Greg to earn many lifelong friends over the years.
He was a member of the Erie Baptist Church. Greg was a faithful Christian man who loved his family dearly. He really loved singing Christian music, participating in the choir and singing solos and duets.
He married Virginia Sue “Susie” Semon on Aug. 12, 1978, at the Erie Christian Church. She survives of the home.
In addition to his wife, Greg is survived by two sons, Ethan Jay “EJ” Peck of rural Erie and Brandon Clay Peck and his wife, Victoria, of rural Erie; his granddaughter, Blaise Peck of rural Erie; two brothers, Michael “Mike” Peck and his wife, Glenda, of Wichita and Gene Peck and his wife, Joyce, of Erie; two sisters, Marcetta Helms and her husband, David, of Canton, Georgia, and Rogenea Peck-Torres of Oelwein, Iowa; 16 nieces; 14 nephews; many great-nieces and nephews; and numerous friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a nephew, Casey Welch.
Greg will be remembered by all that knew him. He never met a stranger and treated all with respect and kindness. He leaves a legacy that will continue within the industry, family and friends. “Greg was a good hand, a good man, well thought of by everyone and a gentleman in all his business dealings. Rest in peace Greg. May all your pastures be stirrup high in bluestem grass and well watered, stocked with cattle that never lose a dime. See you down the road. It feels nice to be important, but it’s important to be nice.”
The service will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Erie High School Gymnasium with Pastor Danny Flippo officiating. Burial will follow in the East Hill Cemetery at Erie. Friends may call at their convenience after 9 a.m. on Thursday at the Pierce-Carson-Wall Funeral Home in Erie, where the casket will remain closed.
Memorials are suggested to the Safe Haven Outreach Mission and these may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, 113 N. Main St., P.O. Box 182, Erie, KS, 66733.
Online condolences may be left at www.wallfuneralservices.com.