Harold Leroy Peak © Enid News and Eagle 08-2014 Submitted by: Jo Aguirre
ENID, OK — July 25, 1920 – August 5, 2014, 94 years, 11 days.
Funeral service for Harold Leroy Peak will be 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, at Garber First Baptist Church, with Pastor Jason Vines officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olive Cemetery, near Nardin, Okla., with arrangements by Anderson - Burris Funeral Home .
Harold was born in Parsons, Kan., to Leroy and Merriel E. (Sexton) Peak. His father was in an accident when Harold was a boy, his mother later married Ed Brown, who Harold loved and cherished deeply throughout his life.
Harold graduated from Erie High School, Class of 1938. He holds a bachelor and master's of science in education from Kansas State Teachers College, Pittsburg, Kan.
In June 1939, Harold married Helen M. Kaiser. From this union, two children were born, Jerry and Janet. On Aug. 15, 1944, Harold entered into active service at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. He was a member of the MP Platoon XX Corps., Private First Class. His battle campaigns were G0 33 WD45 Rhineland in Central Europe (France and Germany). His decorations were EAMET Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal and Victory Ribbon. He spent 1 year, 2 months and 23 days departed in foreign service. He was honorably discharged on May 5, 1946.
After his discharge from service he attended college in Pittsburg, Kan. He taught school at Moline and Howard, Kan., and was later principal for the Dexter School for many years. He became a sales representative with the Inter-Collegiate Press, working out of Jackson, Tenn. Also during this time, Harold was a sales representative for a Bible distribution company.
Harold retired from the educational business in the early 1970s and moved to his ranch in Cowley County, Maple City, Kan. Harold loved raising beautiful cattle, fishing and spending time outdoors.
On May 30, 1982, Harold married Maxine P. (Valentine) Bowlin. They lived on the ranch until 1991, when they moved to Blackwell, Okla., where they lived until Maxine's death on May 2, 1992. Harold and Maxine danced their way all over Oklahoma and Texas. They were members of several organizations, earning numerous awards for clogging, polka and other country/western dance. They and many of their friends travelled to south Texas in the winter, where they taught dancing and danced competitively. Maxine has two daughters, Toni and Linda.
In late 1992, Harold met his dear friend, Lois Shelley of Garber, Okla. They taught dance lessons, traveled and were very well known throughout many country dance and music organizations.
Harold moved to Garber in 1994, where he lived until recently moving to Golden Oaks in Enid.
Harold holds a Masonic membership as well as memberships to several dance organizations in Oklahoma.
Harold loved attending his class reunions and family reunions. He looked forward to them every year and talked about it for weeks after. Harold was preceded in death by his parents, siblings, wives and son, Jerry.
Harold is survived by his daughter, Janet Lawrence; stepdaughters, Linda Bowlin and Toni Bowlin; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, make memorials to Garber First Baptist Church.
Condolences may be made at www.andersonburris.com.
(Submitted by family)
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