The Democratic Party and the Budweiser Brewing Co. are mourning the loss of one of their biggest supporters. Richard McPeak, a lifetime resident of Bay City, MI passed away on July 2, 2012. He was 88 years old. He was born January 26, 1924 in Bay City. Richard is the husband of the late Marian Selley and the father of the late Joseph Lester McPeak. He is survived by his sons Brian and Rich McPeak and daughters Melissa and Patrice McPeak.
Although Dick was known for his sense of humor, he was adamant that his family follow through with his long-time wish and leave his remains in a trash bag out at the curb on garbage pick-up day. Instead they chose to honor him as a veteran of the U.S. Army and will be placed at the Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, Michigan.
He served as a combat engineer in the U.S. Army from February 1943 to December 1945. His unit landed on Omaha Beach on D+1, June 7, 1944. His job was to build bridges ahead of the infantry while many times under fire. The Mosel River, Saar River and Rhine river crossings were 3 of the major operations he was part of. The Battle campaigns listed on his honorable discharge are Normandy, Rhineland and Central Europe. The decorations listed are the American Theater Ribbon, EAME Theater Ribbon and the Bronze Star Victory Medal.
Dick worked over 30 years for Eaton Manufacturing as a laborer in Vassar, MI until his retirement. In later years he was a fixture at the River Walk in Bay City where he walked miles everyday with his dog Trapper. So, cheers Dick! We hope you’re somewhere right now, cracking open a cold one & listening to Ernie Harwell broadcast the Tigers game with Trapper by your side.
There will be no visitation at the funeral home. A memorial service is scheduled for a later date.