Loren J. Peachey, 84, of Burnham passed away peacefully into the arms of Jesus at 10:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30, 2020 at Ohesson Manor after an extended illness.
Born on Jan. 22, 1936 in Belleville, he was the son of the late Harvey Lee and Anna (Hartzler) Peachey. On July 6, 1991 he married Janice E. (Eckley) Peachey who survives him.
Surviving are his children, the Rev. Dr. Keith A. Peachey & wife Betty of Orwell, Ohio; Kirk A. Peachey & wife Linda of Huntingdon, PA; Krystal Brown and husband the Rev. Terry W. of Toccoa Falls, GA; step-children, Laura A. Busch of Burnham and Stephen A. Busch & wife Shelley of Lewistown; 8 grandchildren, Jennifer Weaver, Joshua Peachey, Emily Linberg, Julia Morrison, Shane Peachey, Seth Brown, Amanda Huk, and Ashley Brown; 4 step-grandchildren, Jeff Rosko, Matt Rosko, Gavin Busch and Cullen Busch; 3 great grandchildren, Seth, Ryan, Easton; a special “little brother” Clay Ruble Sr.; siblings, Lois Yoder of Harrisonburg, VA; James Peachey of Spring Mills, PA; Jane Diffenderfer of Reedsvile; Helen Yoder & husband Floyd of Reedsville; as well as sisters-in-law Lois Peachey of GA; and Delores Peachey of Belleville. He had many nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Solomon Peachey and Harvey Peachey and two sisters, Patricia Zook and Joanne Kauffman.
Loren graduated from Belleville Mennonite School in 1954. Early in life, he helped his father with raising chickens and with the meat cutting business. Later, he worked for Weis Markets as a meat manager and then retired from Giant as a meat cutter.
The last few years, when he was able, Loren attended the Big Valley Alliance Church in Belleville. Previously, he was a member and taught the youth in Huntingdon Christian Missionary Alliance Church. Upon moving to Mifflin County, he was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church where he helped with the Youth Group and Childrens’ Church. He also attended Calvary Bible Church and Locust Grove Mennonite Church. Loren went on many short term mission trips with friends in the State College Assembly of God Church to the New York School of Urban Ministry. There he helped to give food, clothing, blankets and minister to the homeless. He was supportive of Pro-Life groups. He taught in the Child Evangelism Program. He helped to coach Upward Basketball at Pine Glen Christian & Missionary Alliance church. He could always be found studying his Bible. Loren’s dying wish was that all of his family and friends would come to know Jesus as the way to Heaven.
Loren was a “Big Brother” in the Big Brother Little Brother program. He was a Mifflin County Republican Committee Person for Burnham and helped with the Burnham Community Association. He loved going to Gavin and Cullen’s football, soccer, wrestling and especially baseball games. He was a good bowler. He liked boating and fishing and would take along his Westie, MacKenzie, who preceded him in death. He leaves behind another Westie, Madison, who accompanied him on the recliner. He liked to travel, especially to National Parks. Loren was very clever and industrious, and could always be found fixing something for anyone who needed his assistance. He liked to visit with his children and grandchildren and he could always be found playing games with them. Loren was known for his generosity and kindness to those in need.
His family would like to thank his Geisinger and Mt. Nittany doctors, Geisinger at Home caregivers, Geisinger Hospitals at Lewistown and Danville, Linda Burdge for all the blood draws and UPMC Home Health nurses and therapists. Also, a thank you to the wonderful care givers at Ohesson Manor. We could never have asked for better care.
His services will be at the convenience of the family. Burial will take place in Salem Cemetery at Siglerville. Should friends desire, memorials may be made to the Big Valley Alliance Church, 38 South Kish Street, Belleville, PA 17004 or to Belleville Mennonite School, 4105 Front Mountain Road, Belleville, PA 17004 or to a charity of one’s choice.
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