Charles Wright Peckham, Jr.

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Jan. 27, 1933 -  June 1, 2010.
NORWALK - Charles Wright Peckham, Jr., of 115 Norwood Avenue, Norwalk, Ohio, passed away June 1, 2010.
He was born January 27, 1933 in Norwalk, the son of the late Charles and Mary Jane (Jerry) Peckham.
He graduated from Norwalk High School in 1950 and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Denison University in 1955. He married Mary (“Molly”) Crane in 1955.
As a boy, he was fascinated with airplanes and flight, and he became a pilot and Captain in the United States Air Force. During his military service, he flew the T-6 trainer, the B-25, and the T-29 Convair. He was the owner of Perfected Paint, Appliance and Furniture, a business founded by his father and Alan Angell. He managed the business at 30 West Main Street in Norwalk for over 40 years, retiring in 1997.
Charlie was an outstanding golfer, well known in the area for nearly 60 years. Among his many accomplishments, he was Club Champion in 1953, 1970, 1972, 1980 and runner-up six times at Norwalk Elks Golf Course. He continued to play at Eagle Creek Golf Course, winning both A-Flight Champion and Senior Champion in 2008. He had a deep passion for the game of golf and he treasured its many challenges, his wide array of playing partners, and opportunities to help others to improve their golf skills. Charlie Peckham was among the first four people to receive the Eagle Creek Memorial Honorary Starter Award in 2009.     Charlie was an avid book reader, especially enjoying W.E.B. Griffin novels and hundreds of instructional books regarding the game of golf. He was a long-time member of the Norwalk Elks Lodge 730 and he was also a Charter Member of the Norwalk Rotary Club.
He is survived by Molly, his wife of nearly 55 years; by his sons and their wives: Charles (Rick) and Anne Peckham of Needham, MA; George and Gillian Peckham of Mercer Island, WA; and by his three grandsons: Aaron Charles and David Wright Peckham of Needham, MA; and Samuel Crane Peckham of Mercer Island, WA.
A gathering of friends and family to celebrate Charlie’s life is planned for Sunday, June 20 from 1-3 PM at Eagle Creek Golf Club, Norwalk, OH. Private interment, with immediate family members, will take place at Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to Stein Hospice, 1200 Sycamore Lane, Sandusky, OH 44870. Walker Funeral Home, 98 West Main Street, Norwalk, OH is in charge of arrangements. Condolences can be shared with the family online at www.edwalkerfuneralhome.com.