Robert Loren Peel


Posted: Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Juneau resident Robert (Bob) Loren Peel, 73, died June 17, 2005, at his home.

He was born May 15, 1932, in McPherson, Kan. He was the second of two sons born to Ruth and Henry E. Peel. He graduated from McPherson High School and received a bachelor's degree from McPherson College. In 1957, he received his master's degree in industrial arts education from Colorado State University, Greeley.

Prior to moving to Juneau in 1965, he spent 11 years in Topeka, Kan., as an educator, coach and member of the Naval Reserve. In Juneau, he taught industrial arts and construction trades at Juneau-Douglas High School until his retirement in 1980. He then entered the construction business as a builder of custom homes. His friends and co-workers say he "never stopped teaching and sharing his skills and talents with others."

He enjoyed football, woodworking, jet boats, time with friends, and spending summers at his get-away cabin on Chilkat Lake, which he constructed in 1983. His friends and family members say his "sense of humor will be missed and remembered by all. He was a great dad, grandpa and devoted husband."

He was preceded in death by his parents and older brother, Lawrence Peel.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Donna Peel of Juneau; his sons, Robert Laurus Peel and daughter-in-law Kristi of Juneau, and Douglas P. Peel and daughter-in-law Nancy of Juneau; his grandchildren, Kori Kuaana of Bend, Ore., Danielle Kuaana of Maui, Hawaii, and Peter Peel of Juneau; and his nephews, Kerry and Larry Alan Peel and their families of Colorado and New Mexico.

No funeral will be held at his request. His ashes will be placed in the family plot at the McPherson City Cemetery and at Chilkat Lake. A memorial service is planned for a future date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Juneau or cancer research.

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