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John Robert Peek, Sr.

July 20, 1933 ~ December 16, 2021 (age 88)

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John Robert Peek, age 88 of Clarkesville, Ga passed away on December 16, 2021.

John was born on July 20, 1933 in Hapeville, GA to Robert and Irene Peek.   He was known in his younger years as Bobby.  He was a gifted athlete who excelled at baseball and basketball including playing basketball at Georgia Tech on an athletic scholarship. He then joined the US Navy and the military renamed him John.During his twenty-two year military career, John faithfully served his country with squadrons 5, 16, 50, 12, 162, and 101. His tours of duty included time on the USS Orinsky and the Vietnam War.  He served as an instructor as well. John left the military and did major construction and remodeling before settling on a career with Caterpillar as a maintenance supervisor. John sponsored many folks in Alcoholics Anonymous. He was an athlete, electrician, soldier, construction worker, mechanic, teacher, sponsor, son, brother, father, stepfather, uncle, grandfather, great grandfather and friend.

John was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Kathy, and his grandson, Kyle Poteat.

John is survived by his brother, Frank Peek of Athens, GA; his children and sons in law, John Peek of Clarkesville, GA; Dianne and Tom Van Valkenburgh of Lynchburg, VA; Susanne and George Fry of Clarkesville, GA; Shannon Arnold of Cherokee, NC; Katina and Jason Poteat of Jacksonville, NC; his grandchildren Jacey, Alanna, Ethan, Autumn, Mark, Stephanie, Adeline, Wyatt, Vivian and his great-grandchildren Lily and Zachary as well as many other relatives and life long friends.

No formal services are planned.

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Arrangements by Hillside Memorial Chapel, Clarkesville, Georgia. (706) 754-6256

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