Lyle Leslie Peak, 81, passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 while surrounded by his loving family.
Lyle was born in Cortland, NY on July 15, 1933, the only son of Leslie and Mary Blanchard Peak. He graduated from the Cincinnatus Central School in 1950. He married Beverly Svenson on June 28, 1952 and she remained the love of his life and together they just celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary.
Lyle lived a vibrant life. He was a middleweight boxer in high school earning him the title of "Boomer" Peak. He loved airplanes and earned his pilots license through training with Roscoe Frye. His love of planes continued throughout his life and he spent many hours flying radio-controlled models with friends and his grandkids.
He was an avid musician and was one of the pioneers of country music in Cortland County. He was well-known for calling square dances and played for over thirty years with The Country Gentlemen. He also played with several other bands in his later years, including The Good Ole Boys.
After high school he helped his Dad run their dairy farm for many years. He later worked at Agway MTS in Cortland until they closed. He then spent the rest of his work career at Higgins in McGraw up until his retirement a few years ago.
He is survived by his wife, Beverly of Cincinnatus and together have three daughters: Sherry (David) Knickerbocker of Taylor, LuAnn (Neil) Glassford of Willet, and Teresa (Corky) Carr of Cincinnatus. His grandchildren are Kipland L. (Belle) Angle of South New Berlin, Kristopher William Angle of Earlville, Kyle B. (Ashley) Angle of Sherburne, and Kodie L. Angle of Taylor, Tracie (Del) McKee of Oxford, Cory (Shawna) Glassford of Willet, Amy (Kevin) Guernsey of N. Pitcher and Natasha (Luke) Burhans of Sempronius. He has 17 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson.
He was predeceased by his parents.
He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He cherished his family and he will remain forever in their hearts. Our love will never be extinguished by death.
In keeping with his wishes there are no calling hours or services. A private family memorial will be held at a later date. Anyone wishing to remember Lyle is encouraged to make a contribution to Caring Community Hospice of Cortland, 11 Kennedy Parkway, Cortland, NY 13045 or Cortland-Chenango Rural Services, P.O. Box 57, Cincinnatus, NY 13040.