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Daniel Peckham, 87 - June 17, 2016


Daniel Hammond Peckham, 87, of Fort Worth, TX, formerly of Gothenburg, passed away Friday, June 17, 2016, at Fort Worth where he and his family had lived for nearly 30 years.
Memorial services took place on Saturday, July 9, at 5 p.m. at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Joseph Carty officiating.
Graveside services were conducted on June 25, at his wife’s hometown in Arkansas at the Bonnerdale Seventh-day Adventist Cemetery with the Rev. Brandon Westgate officiating.
Peckham was born Aug. 16, 1928, on a family homestead near Gothenburg to Hubert Bryan Peckham and Gladys Hammond Peckham, the third of four children.
On the family farm, there was always work to do from dawn to dark, and that was where he learned to milk cows, along with other chores. Sheep were his FFA project in high school, and he learned to list and cultivate corn as well as mow and rake hay with horses.
His school was just down the road at the one-room Lone Star School. He then attended Goth­enburg High School, and with his brother John, he graduated from Shelton Academy in 1944, then went on to Union College.
Peckham and his family had become Seventh-day Adventists during the war, and he enrolled in the ministerial course at Union College.
Graduating from college in 1949, along with a large number of returning veterans also training for the ministry, he took a teaching position at a church school in Arkansas. It was during those three years that he met Billie Jean Lambert.
He married Billie Jean on June 8, 1952, just as he was drafted into the U.S. Army, and served during the Korean War. He was stationed at Camp Pickett, VA.
In 1954, Peckham and his wife returned to Lincoln where his wife completed her degree in education at Union College, and he took a master’s degree in business at the University of Nebraska.
From Lincoln, he returned to church work as business manager of Enterprise Academy in Kansas. In 1961, the family responded to a call to mission service in Korea. During this time, he was ordained as a minister in the Seventh-day Adventist church.
In 1966, the family went to Atlanta, GA, where he audited church institutions in an eight-state region, then he took an opportunity to return to the Midwest as treasurer of the church’s local administrative office in Kansas.
In 1986, his wife accepted a position in Texas as a teaching supervisor and Peckham worked in the business office of the Texas conference until retirement in 1990.
For the next 13 years, he audited churches in Kansas and Nebraska, Arkansas and Louisiana, New York and Alaska. In 1993, after the church opened offices in Moscow, he worked in Russia for six months to organize their accounting records.
Despite being on the road a good deal, he took opportunities to see new countries. He took a cruise ship around Cape Horn and also sailed between islands in the South Pacific. He stood on the Great Wall of China and took his family to South Africa.
All the while, Peckham kept a close concern on his agricultural interests in Nebraska and was often at Gothenburg, stated family members. He had always planned to be a farmer growing up and never completely removed his hand from the plow.
While he had a talent for handling money, that talent was always directed by a deep and sincere love for God, family said. He was very generous with his own funds, especially to schools and colleges. His family prayers always closed with “Come quickly, Lord Jesus,” stated family.
Survivors include: his wife of 64 years, Billie Jean Peckham; his two sons—Kim (Lori) Peckham and John (Paula) Peckham; a brother, John Peckham; two sisters—Margaret Lind and Mary Lou Peckham; five grandchildren—Holly (Stephen) Ward, Zach (Sarah) Fort, John Mark Peckham, Sheri-Ann Peckham and Reef Peckham; four great-grandchildren; numerous extended family members.
Memorials are suggested to Union College, 3800 South 48th St., Lincoln, NE 68506.