Wilber D. “Butch” Peek, a 32-year Grays Harbor resident, died on Tuesday, April 10, 2012, at Seattle’s Veterans Hospital. He was 69. Wilber was born February 21, 1943, in Blaine County, Idaho, to Wilber W. and Christine (Ray) Peek. He grew up in Idaho and Elma and is a graduate of Elma High School’s Class of 1961.
Wilber enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1966 and served until 1980. He was a helicopter mechanic and served 4 combat tours in Vietnam receiving the Army Commendation Medal, Vietnam Commendation Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal. He went on to serve in Korea, Germany, Kentucky and Louisiana before being medically discharged in 1980.
During his working life, he worked at Badgett’s Dairy, Sears and Roebuck, truck driving and worked at the Satsop Development Park for Boise Cascade.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Dietlinda. She passed away on April 20, 2000.
Wilber was a lifetime member of the Elma VFW and the Tumwater DAV. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, listening to music, watching movies, playing Pinochle and raising Great Danes. According to his family, he had a big heart and was always willing to help anyone in need.
He is survived by his sons, Wilber D. (Tanya) Peek Jr., Bill D. (LeeAnn) Peek and Wally D. (Heidie) Peek, and daughter, Kristie (Brian) Bell, all of Elma. He is also survived by 6 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; and his sisters, Nora Lou of Wichita, Kansas and Joy Alice of Mossy Rock, Washington. In addition to his wife, Dietlinda; he is also preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Fred, Donnie, John and Earl.
The family suggests memorial donations be made to a veteran’s service organization of your choice.
Publication will be held from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 18, 2012, at Whiteside in Elma. Funeral services will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 19, 2012, also at Whiteside. Internment with full Military Honors will be at Masonic Cemetery in Elma.
Please visit and sign the online tribute to Wilber at www.whitesidefamilymortuaries.com.
Arrangements are entrusted to Whiteside Family Mortuary in Elma.