Mr. Ben K. Peek, Jr. passed from this life Wednesday afternoon, August 11, 2010, at his home, surrounded by his family.
Born April 10, 1931 in Galveston, TX, Mr. Peek had been a resident of Hitchcock for 75 years, previously of Galveston. He was a member of the 1950 graduating class of Ball High School and had worked as a watchmaker/repairman before serving in the US Army during the Korean War. He had been employed as a process operator with American Oil and Sterling Chemical (Monsanto) where he had retired after 35 years, was a lifetime member of the VFW Post #5400, the Hitchcock Historical Society and Hitchcock Chamber of Commerce and had owned and operated Ben Peek Real Estate.
Preceded in death by his parents, Ben, Sr. and Eva Peek; brother, Charles S. Peek, Sr.; sister, Bette Peek Rogers and her husband, John and grandson, Jacob Wentzel, survivors include his wife, Jean Peek; daughters, Debbie Wentzel and husband, A. G., Becky Peek, Cindy Brooks and husband, Greg, Danielle Peek Summerlin, all of Santa Fe; grandchildren, Chris Windham, Matt Wentzel and wife, Aarin, of Santa Fe, Stephanie Motl Pedraza and husband, Paul of Austin, Kristin Motl Carson and husband, Todd of Santa Fe, Amy Brooks Perez and husband, Justin of Quantico Marine Base, VA, Elizabeth Howington and Micah Brooks, both of Santa Fe; great-grandchildren, Kylie and Addison Wentzel of Santa Fe, Sage and Pax Pedraza of Austin, Kohner, Claire and Lincoln Carson of Santa Fe.
The family will receive friends beginning at 5:30 p.m. Friday, August 20, 2010, in the chapel of Hayes Funeral Home, 10412 Highway 6, (409) 925-3501, with a memorial service beginning at 7:00 p.m.
Those who wish may make donations to the Jacob Wentzel Memorial Scholarship Fund at Texas First Bank, P.O. Box 608, Santa Fe, TX 77510. www.hayesfuneralhome.com