John Alfred Peebles, 87, a local rancher and WW II veteran died of natural causes Friday, December 9, 2011 at the Teton Medical Center in Choteau. Funeral services will be held Friday, December 16th at 11:00 AM at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints church in Choteau. Interment will be in the Choteau Cemetery under the direction of Gorder Jensen Funeral Home.
The life of John A. Peebles began December 5, 1924 in Choteau. He was the son of James and Gertrude (Stewart) Peebles. He attended Teton County High School and graduated in May of 1943. In December he enlisted in the United States Air Force, and soon became a lower ball gunner on a B-24 bomber. On his 10th mission above the Marshals Yard in Munich, Germany, his disabled plane was shot down by enemy anti-aircraft fire. His entire crew was captured as prisoners of war, where he remained for seven months at Stalag Luft 4, until it was liberated by the Russians. Shortly thereafter he was escorted to France and finally returned to his family's ranch west of Choteau. He was honorably discharged from the service on November 13, 1945.
Soon after returning, he married his classmate, Glenna Stott on June 22, 1947 in Bynum, MT. They enjoyed the next 64 years on their ranch west of Choteau. He was well known in the community as an honest, hardworking man with a sincere personality. He spent his entire ranching life working hard to care for his family, cattle, and land. John loved the ranch and work was a priority. He had a passion for keeping his fences in good repair. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and his brother's wife, Marian Peebles. He is survived by his wife, Glenna, brother, James Peebles, and numerous nieces and nephews. Other survivors include his two sons, Dr. John D. (Karen) Peebles, Dr. William S. (Sonya) Peebles, grandchildren: Luke, Thane, Kylee and John R. Peebles and his companion dog "Gus", all of Choteau.
Memorials are suggested to the Teton Medical Center or a charity of the donor's choice.
Online condolences may be left at www.gorderjensenfuneralhome.com