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Life Story / Obituary
With a life that spanned times of war and times of peace, times of plenty and times of want, Harold (Duane) Peavey lived a life of purpose spent with the ones he loved. He was a hardworking man who also took the time to enjoy life along the way. Duane was a devoted family man who was thrilled beyond measure to witness his family tree blossom to include the children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren he adored. Life will never be the same without him here, but he leaves behind a timeless legacy that his loved ones will forever treasure.
The 1920s were a vibrant and prosperous time in American history, but the 1920s were a much different story as the entire decade was cloaked in the hardship of the Great Depression. Jobs were scarce, the unemployment rate soared, and things only went from bad to worse when a drought covered the nation’s heartland for nearly two years during this time. It was in 1936 that Herbert and Mildred Peavey were eagerly awaiting the birth of their new baby as the last of the summer weather continued to hold the city of Adrian, Michigan, firmly in its grip. Their wait was over on September 17th when the baby boy they named Harold Duane made his grand entrance. He was a young boy of his generation who played baseball for Garden City JC’s. As a student, Duane attended local schools, and he went on to graduate from MacKenzie High School in Detroit.
Eager for all that life had in store, Duane was poised for greatness. He worked as an insurance salesman for March & McLennan in Detroit for many years. Of greater significance was Duane’s personal life as he married and was blessed to become a father to four amazing children, Cherri, Doug, Joan, and Nancy. Although his marriage later ended in divorce, Duane was forever grateful for the children they shared. For a time he lived in Westland, and he later moved to Canton where he spent the last 20 years of his life.
There was nothing of greater significance in Duane’s life than his family. When his children were younger they traveled to Pennsylvania to see his wife’s parents a few times, and they also had large Sunday dinners at Duane’s parents’ house in Detroit nearly every Sunday. It was also a day to remember on July 13, 1971, when the all star ball game was being held at Tiger Stadium. The whole family sat on the porch and listened to the game, which was such an awesome and memorable experience.
Throughout his life Duane was a man of many interests. He was a sports fanatic who loved to watch all kinds of sports on television, especially the Lions, Tigers, and Red Wings. Duane also enjoyed reading dictionaries. A meticulous person by nature, he kept very detailed records both in his personal life and in his work as an insurance salesman.
With unending devotion to his loved ones, Duane Peavey was an extraordinary man to know and love. He was never one to worry about the little things, and he faced whatever came his way with great strength. Duane worked hard, but he played hard, too, and his love for his family was easy to see. Deeply loved, he will never be forgotten.
Harold Duane Peavey died on March 7, 2016. Harold’s family includes his children, Cherri (Mark) Helsel, Doug (Penni) Peavey, Joan Kirkland and Nancy (David) Haanpaa; 10 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Harold was preceded in death by his sister, Suzanne Stewart, and his parents. Family will receive friends Thursday, 4-9 p.m. at Neely-Turowski Funeral Home, 45100 Warren Road, Canton, where a memorial service will be held Friday at 11 a.m. You may share a memory, upload photos and sign the guest book at www.TurowskiLifeStory.com.