From a contemporary press report:
Daniel Edgar Peckham, 70, a retired Navy Commander who piloted P-3 reconnaissance aircraft, died May 22, 2003, at Montgomery General Hospital after a heart attack. He lived in Rockville, Maryland.
Commander Peckham, a Pennsylvania native, was a 1955 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis who flew military surveillance missions during the Cuban missile crisis.
He was a depot liaison officer at the Naval Air Systems Command when he retired from active military duty in 1977.
Around that time, he settled in Rockville. He worked as an engineer in a civilian capacity for the Naval Air Systems Command until 1995.
He was an active member of Oakdale Emory United Methodist Church in Olney and the U.S. Naval Academy Association. He was a past member of Manor Country Club in Rockville.
His first wife, Bettie Tindall Peckham, died in 1995 after 40 years of marriage. A stepson, Jeffrey G. Daniels, died in January.
Survivors include his wife of six years, Doris Daniels Peckham of Rockville; three children from his first marriage, Donna P. Watson of Purcellville, Amy Y. Rubino of Annapolis and Michael S. Peckham of Germantown; a stepdaughter, Melinda D. Allen of Arvada, Colo.; a brother; and 10 grandchildren.
PECKHAM, DANIEL EDGAR (Age 70)
DANIEL E. PECKHAM, Commander USN (Ret.), of Rockville, MD, passed away suddenly on Thursday, May 22, 2003. Beloved husband of the late Bettie Tindall Peckham and survived by current wife, Doris Daniels Peckham; loving father of Donna Watson, Amy Rubino and Michael Peckham; loving brother of James Peckham; loving grandfather of Anthony, Jessica and Caroline Rubino, Danny, Elizabeth and Kevin Watson and Leah Bettie Peckham.
A memorial service will be held at Oakdale Emory United Methodist Church, 3425 Emory Church Rd., Olney, MD 20832, on Thursday, May 29, at 11 a.m. Inurnment with Full Military Honors will be held at Arlington National Cemetery, on Monday, July 14, at 3 p.m. Everyone attending, please meet at the administration building at 2:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Oakdale Emory United Methodist Church or to the Montgomery Hospice Society, 1450 Research Blvd., Suite 310, Rockville, MD 20850.
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