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Harley I. McPeek Sr.

February 29, 2008
Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Harley I. McPeek Sr., 85, of Belpre died Feb. 28, 2008, at the Sunbridge Care and Rehab Center.

He was born at Belleville, W.Va., on Aug. 13, 1922, the son of the late Henderson C. and Ruby L. McPeek. He was educated in Wood County Schools, graduated from Parkersburg High School with the June Class of 1940. He married Mary M. Hale on April 4, 1942, at Belleville Methodist Church Parsonage by the Rev. John Cumberlige. He was employed at the Parkersburg Rig & Reel Co. for 10 1/2 years. Along with his wife, Mary, they purchased a grocery store and service station (McPeek Sunoco) in Belpre, which was operated as a family business along with his parents through August 1967. They also owned and operated the Western Auto Store and McPeek Auto Parts in Belpre from November 1962 through October 1985, at which time they retired. He was a charter member of the Grace Gospel Church in Pettyville, W.Va., and served in many positions of leadership in the church. In January 2000, he became involved in the building of a print shop in Looneyville, W.Va., which has a purpose of printing God’s Word to go into the mission fields of the world. Harley had been a director in this organization know as Gleaning for Christ Ministry. He had been a volunteer bell ringer for the Salvation Army Christmas Drive for 10 years, a member of the Gideons International and served with Child Evangelism Fellowship for 20 years.

Survivors include his wife of over 65 years, Mary M. Hale McPeek; three sons, Harley I. (Sandy) McPeek Jr. of Slidell, La., David J. (Linda) McPeek of Minden, Nev., and Harold R. (Sue) McPeek of Fairfield, Ohio; and his daughter, Janice E. (Todd) Gorrell of Parkersburg. Also surviving are his grandchildren, Tiffany (Bob) Davis, Aaron McPeek, Chad (Heather) Sloan, Theresa (Chris) Piron, Christopher McPeek, Elliott McPeek and Ryan McPeek; his stepgrandchildren, Jennifer Smith, Abby (Eric) Johnson and Anna Gorrell; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Clinton McPeek.

Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at the Grace Gospel Church in Pettyville with Pastor Mike Allen officiating. On Monday, there will be a graveside service at 11 a.m. in the Rockland Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Saturday at the Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, and one hour prior to services Sunday at the church.

Memorial donations may be made to the Gideons or the Gleaning for Christ Ministries.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at


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