Harold R. (John) McPeek
PORTLAND -- Harold R. (John) McPeek, 68, of Mexico passed away unexpectedly on Aug. 1, 2013 at Maine Medical Center.
John was born in Sydney, NY on June 25, 1945, the son of Robert W. and Vergie M. (Spangenburg) McPeek. He graduated from Guilford High School in New York and attended college in New Haven, CT.
He then joined the United States Navy in 1965. John served his country in the Vietnam War, and like so many soldiers, was a silent warrior and never talked of his experiences.
John married his soul mate, Pearl (Vicki) Garrett on June 22, 1968 in Mexico, where they enjoyed 45 years together, recently renewing their wedding vows. The couple had three children, Jon, Angela, and Kathy and three wicked awesome grandchildren, Kurt, Kyle, and Alexa. According to his grandchildren, he was “the coolest Papa you could ever want”!
John’s passions in life were painting, religion, family, and animals. His dedication showed through in his daily paintings. When not attending church and studying the bible, where he was a devoted member of the First Light Pentecostal Church in Dixfield, he would spend hours in his room listening to music, surrounded by his cats and bird, and creating family and religious paintings.
John is survived by his wife, Vicki McPeek of Mexico; daughter, Angela Varnum and her husband Silver, and their daughter, Alexa of Dixfield; daughter, Kathy Townsend and her husband, Kevin, and their sons, Kurt and Kyle of Hampden; brother, Francis McPeek of Georgia, and children Lynne, Lorraine, Robert, Denise and Bridget; and nephews, Andrew, Glen, Jeff, and Timothy VonWald.
John was predeceased by his parents, Robert and Vergie McPeek; sister, Leona VonWald; and son, Jon A. McPeek.
A celebration of life service will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday at First Light Pentecostal Church, Rt. 2, Dixfield. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Harold R. McPeek Art Scholarship Fund, 192 Patterson Rd., Hampden, ME 04444. Final resting place with full military honors will be at Maine Veterans Cemetery in Augusta.