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Samuel Peak
In Memory of

Samuel A. "Sam" Peak

1932 - 2018

Obituary of Samuel Peak


Samuel A. Peak, of Winchester, died Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at his home at the age of 85.

He was born October 25, 1932 in Winchester, the son of J. Ralph and Audrey (Reavis) Peak.  He married Frances Sue Schanbacher on April 19, 1961 in the family home in Winchester and she survives.  Together they had three daughters:  Sondra (Sonnie) Hoover (husband, Ed), Stephanie (Stevie) VanDeVelde (husband, Pat), both of Winchester, and Sydney McRae (husband, Eric) of Decatur.  Sam is also survived by six grandchildren:  Karlee, Colin, Kinsey, and Caleb VanDeVelde and Kobie and Dante Hoover, all from Winchester, and a step-grandson, Adam Hooverof Osage Beach, MO, as well as a brother,George (wife, Jean) Peak, from Winchester.  He was preceded in death by his parents and asister, Nora Irene (Chickie) Peak.

Sam graduated from Winchester High School in 1950and the University of Illinois in 1954.  While attending high school and college, he travelled with his family showing horses throughout the United States.  He then joined the Army in 1955, and upon being honorably discharged from the army in 1957, moved to Quincy, IL and worked for the University of Illinois Extension Service as the Adams County 4-H Coordinator.  In 1960, he returned to Winchester and bought Frank Redshaw Insurance Agency, to later form Sam Peak Insurance Agency.  He owned and operated Sam Peak Insurance Agency for 36 years until selling it to Pat and Stevie in 1996, where he continued to work for many years, even though he said he was retired.

Sam was a strong supporter of the Winchester community, being a founding member of the Winchester Economic Development Group, a member of Kiwanis, the American Legion, Bullshippers, and the former President of Winchester National Bank.  He was a member of the First Baptist Church, where he also was a participant in the Men’s Fellowship Group and youth group leader.  He was not only a member to each of these organizations, but spent countless hours supporting their various fundraisers and events.  Sam was also an enthusiastic fan for the Winchester Wildcats, as he supported his nephews and daughters, and later the West Central Cougars as he attended countless football, volleyball, basketball, and track events with his grandchildren participating.  He was always proud of each of their accomplishments and provided constant encouragement and some coaching. 

Sam was known for his hard work ethic, spending many hours at his business, but also known for his desire to have fun.  He and his family traveled “out West” to the Colorado and Wyoming area during the summers each year, planning each annual trip the moment they arrived home from the current trip.  This love for the West led Sam and Sue to snowmobiling in the late 1970’s, and he shared his passion with many friends in Winchester.  This ultimately resulted in a group of 31 friends and family, with 23 snowmobiles,journeying across Yellowstone Park.  When there wasn’t snow, Sam spent countless hours in the boat pulling his daughters and wife skiing on the Illinois river.  He and his family, with a group of friends, would spend a week each summer at the Lake of the Ozarks, creating many fun-filled memories for all involved.  Finally, Sam was passionate about music, and he loved to play his country tunes for all to hear.  Sam and Sue were often found twirling around a dance floor enjoying the beat of the music.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 8, at the First Baptist Church in Winchester with burial to follow at the Winchester Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 7 at Coonrod Funeral Home in Winchester.  Memorials may be made to the Winchester Fire Department, the Winchester EMS, The Winchester Depot, or The First Baptist Church. 

Condolences may be sent to the family at , the Coonrod Funeral Home in Winchester is in charge of the arrangements.