ANDOVER – Hollis Chadduck Peckham, 97, passed away Sunday (Feb. 14, 2016) peacefully at Jones Memorial Hospital, surrounded by family.Mr. Peckham was born on July 30, 1918 in Pike to Seymour and Genevieve (Ellwood) Peckham. He was a 1936 graduate of Pike Seminary High School. On June 26, 1943 at his wife’s parent’s home under the twin maple trees, he married his Valentine, Mary Louise Stroud as part of a double wedding ceremony that included Mary’s sister, Evelyn and her fiancé, Alfred Tarey.
As a youngster, Hollis grew up working on a farm and survived his encounter with polio. He later worked as a salesman for Bowes Seal Tire Company and for Ferris and Forbe in Bolivar as a car salesman. Hollis was co-owner of Ford and Peckham in Andover where they constructed Stran Steel Metal Buildings for many local businesses including Maier’s Market, Andover Medical Group, Andover Fire Hall, Alfred Dollar General and Wellsville Giant Food Mart.
In addition to his wife of 72 years, Hollis is survived by one daughter, Carol L. (Lloyd) Hollendeck of Andover; one son, David H. (Kimberly) Peckham of Andover; 6 grandchildren, Michael D. Hollenbeck, Lori “George” Hollenbeck (his favorite and only granddaughter), Bradley J. Hollenbeck, Eric J. Hollenbeck, Chaddock D. Peckham, and Christopher J. Peckham; and 3 great grandchildren, Jachob T. Hollenbeck, Maxton J. Hollenbeck and Leila Peckham. He is also survived by a dear friend and nephew, Alson Bisnet; his many close friends; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by three brothers, Alson Peckham, Emerson Peckham and Alfred Peckham; and one sister, Ellen Bisnet.
“Hollie”, or “Peck” as his wife lovingly called him, enjoyed fishing and boating He liked to read investment news, watch good westerns on TV or quietly rock in a comfortable rocking chair. In his younger years he enjoyed his magnificent vegetable garden, managed his well stocked pond and worked with his Tennessee Walkers. He liked his cars big and loved the companionship of his Black Labrador dog.
Per his wishes, there will be no prior visitation. A private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Wellsville.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution in Hollis’ name may be made to Andover Rescue Squad, PO Box 726, Andover, NY 14806 or to Jones Memorial Hospital, Palliative Care, 191 N. Main St., Wellsville, NY 14895.Arrangements are under the direction of Baker-Swan Funeral Home in Andover. Online condolences may be offered at www.baker-swan.com.