Frank L. Peebles, 86 of Staunton, passed away March 27, 2005, on Easter morning at 7:09 a.m. in Cloverleaf Healthcare Facility. He had been a resident there just at short time.
Born Sept. 30, 1918, in Cambria, Ill., he was the son of William and Bertha Ashby Peebles.
As a young man he worked during the Depression as a truck driver, then later had a career in the paper and printing industry. He first worked at Butler Paper Co. then Moore-Langen Printing Co. in Terre Haute. He later worked in sales at Leeth Office Equipment before starting his own company. He was the owner of Business Office Suppliers in Terre Haute for over 30 years. Following his retirement from the business, he worked for First State Bank in Brazil for over 15 years.
He served in the Army during World War II in the European Theater with the 3rd Army.
On March 28, 1937, he married Ellen Maxine Foster Peebles. She preceded him in death on April 21, 1996.
He was an active member of the Union Christian Church in Terre Haute. He and Maxine organized and help plan activities for the "Young at Heart" group for many years. They were recently members at the Staunton Christian Church.
He was a member of the Terre Haute Breakfast Optimist and the Noon Optimist Club. He was a Charter Member of the Brazil Optimist Club. He served as the Lieutenant Governor of the Optimist several times in the state level of the organization. He served in many capacities with the club locally; he and Maxine were instrumental in starting the Staunton Ballpark with the Optimist Club; he supported the Optimist Baseball and Bowling League for children, the Respect for Law Camp, and the Clothe-a-Child program. He was also on the Board of Directors of the Cerebral Palsy Association of Terre Haute. He was a past member of the Terre Haute Jaycees and a past president of the Clay County Senior Citizens. He was a charter member of the Posey Township Volunteer Fire Department and he also helped to build the Girl Scout Camp at Poland.
He is survived by his wife Rosalie Cook Peebles whom he married in 2001; his children, Bobbie Thomas and husband Jack, Jerry Pebbles and wife Cindy all of Staunton, and Buford Peebles and wife Judy of Coatesville, Ind.; eight grandchildren, Piper German and husband Paul of Houston, Jackie Withers and wife Cindy of Staunton, Joseph Peebles of Naples, Fla., Richelle Moize of Center Point, Amanda Saxon and husband Joe of Indianapolis, Chad Peebles and wife Jennifer of Brazil, Shelby Boling and husband Ted of Danville, Ind., Ryan Ringo and wife Jamie of Brazil; 14 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and other extended family.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Maxine; a daughter, Sherry Rae Peebles in infancy; and two brothers, Bill Peebles, and Arlin Peebles.
Services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Lawson-Miller Chapel, 1702 E. National Ave. with the Rev. Doug Parkey and the Rev. Mark Grayless officiating. Burial will follow at Clearview Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4-8 p.m. and again Wednesday prior to services.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be directed to the Gideon Bible Fund or to the Brazil Optimist Club. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
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