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In Remembrance
Donald Theodore Peak
Carnes Brothers Funeral Home

Donald Theodore PeakDonald Theodore Peak, age 85, of Galveston, died Thursday, January  8, 2009 at Baywind Village in League City.   Memorial services will be held at 10:00 am Saturday, January 17, 2009 at Central Christian Church of 2702 Avenue O 1⁄2, Galveston with Pastor John Allums officiating.

Donald was born October 20, 1924 in Springfield, Missouri to Dr. Ruben Peak, DDS, and Helen Trenary Peak.  Donald earned his B.S. degree in Sociology from Drury University in Springfield, and his M.A. in Sociology-Anthropology from Washington University in St.Louis, Missouri.

Donald was drafted in the United States Army to the 273rd Field Artillery Unit of Springfield, Missouri, in 1943 to be a Radio Operator.  After two years of services in Rhineland, Ardennes, Central Europe, Normandy, North France, Donald was awarded five bronze stars and the Good Conduct Medal amongst many others for services in European African Middle Eastern Theatre Campaign.  In 1945, he returned from service to continue working for the American Red Cross. While working for the America Red Cross in Tokyo, Japan, in 1955, he married his wife of 44 years, Joy Catherine Saalfrank.  They returned to the states for Donald to continue his work and retire from the American Red Cross after 30 years of acting as Chapter Director for Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Galveston County Chapters.

While in full retirement in Galveston, Donald was a member of Galveston Historical Foundation, Galveston East End Historical Society, International Oleander Society of which he was President, the Island Rotary Club of Galveston, World War II 273rd Field Artillery Battalion Reunion, Galveston Yacht Club, and the Galveston Boat Club where he taught his children to sail. He was also a HAM Radio Operator, call sign KA5PKO.  Donald was an avid civic volunteer for Galveston while publishing a book of World War II memoirs, “Fire Mission”.   Donald was also a 42-year member of Central Christian Church of Galveston.

Preceded in death by his parents, wife of 44 years Joy Catherine Saalfrank Peak and brother, Ralph Leverett Peak.   Donald is survived by his wife of 7 years, Betty Joan Cunningham Peak of Galveston; son, William Peak and wife, Brenda of Littleton, Colorado; daughter, Catherine Peak Buller and husband, Marc of Miami, Florida; brother, Thad Peak and wife Sharon of Wisconsin; grandchildren, Joseph Peak and wife, Stephanie, Sheryl Peak, and Christopher Peak; great granddaughter, Daytona Peak; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear, close friends.

In memoriam, donations may be made in Donald Peak name to Drury University Fund, 900 North Benton Avenue, Springfield, MO 65802. Phone 1.800.922.2274 or email

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