OBITUARY: John Peregoy

NEWTON—John Peregoy, better known as Jack, passed away on Saturday (April 24, 2021) in Newton, Kansas at the age of 96.

Jack was born Dec. 29, 1924, in Council Bluffs, Iowa, the son of Jack and Kathryn Underwood Peregoy. Jack’s mother passed away when Jack was four years old. As a result, he spent a very happy childhood with his grandparents, Bob and Mona Peregoy in Council Bluffs. He spent a few of those years with his father in Los Angeles.

Jack and Natalie Heine were joined in marriage on New Year’s Eve 1949 with her father, the Rev. Martin Heine officiating the ceremony. Their marriage lasted 67 happy years until Natalie’s death on Nov. 26, 2017.

Following his graduation from Grinnell College, Jack joined the Hormel Co., marketing smoked and fresh meats. He opened the Des Moines and Louisville markets for Hormel products. In 1955 he left Hormel for employment marketing with the IBM Corp. He enjoyed selling their first computers to many large organizations. He became the marketing program manager responsible for IBM’s support to the U.S. Army. This challenge took him to Viet Nam in 1966 during the war.

Due to career opportunities, Jack and Natalie had homes in many locations: Des Moines, Louisville, Ky., Bethesda, Md., Denver and San Diego for 17 years of retirement. However, they chose to return to the Midwest to be near their growing families and moved to St. Louis and finally to Newton, Kansas. All of these locations were filled with great friendships and happy days.

Jack was a volunteer with many responsibilities. He was a Past President of both his Lions Club and of a large newcomers club in Rancho Bernardo, Calif. He was a Melvin Jones Fellow of Lion Club International. He served as a treasurer and managed the finances of several Lutheran Churches in their many locations.

Jack and Natalie loved to travel and visited most of the world including 50 states, a lot of Mexico, Canada and 50 countries overseas. One of the passions they developed rather late in life was snow skiing which they were able to do in Austria and many places in the U.S.A.

Jack is survived by his son Spencer Peregoy and wife Rhonda; daughter Kathryn Peregoy Beverlin and husband Don; six grandchildren Nathan (Jaqui) Peregoy, Jessica (Joel) McClenahan, Sarah (Andrew) Walquist, Anne (Loren) Kurtz, Matthew (Rachel) Beverlin, and Owen (Jackie) Beverlin; and 15 great grandchildren.

Along with his parent; grandparents; wife of 67 years, Natalie, Jack is preceded in death by a great granddaughter Cora McClenahan.

Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 1, at Zion Lutheran Church in Newton followed by inurnment of both Jack and Natalie in the Pleasant View Cemetery near Elbing.

A memorial has been established with CASA (a voice for children) and Berean Academy; contributions may be sent to Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, 120 E. Broadway, Newton, Kansas 67114.

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Arrangements are by Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, Newton, Kansas.

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