J. Loren Peck, 84, an Air Force Colonel and veteran of three wars who retired in 1974 and spent two decades in Washington area real estate sales, died June 6, 2007, at his home in Alexandria, Virginia. He had skin cancer.
Colonel Peck served in the Army Air Forces during World War II and afterward joined the Air Force when it became a separate branch.
He saw combat during the Korean War and spent 20 years flying with units of the Strategic Air Command. He was chief of the Military Assistance Command's air reconnaissance division in Vietnam in 1969 and 1970.
His final active-duty assignment was chief of external affairs with the Defense Intelligence Agency, for which he was a liaison to the White House and Congress.
His decorations included the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal.
Colonel Peck — his initial did not stand for a name — was a native of Rockwood, Pensylvania, and a graduate of what is now the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
After his military retirement, he became a regional manager at Coldwell Banker and a sales manager at Town and Country Properties.
His marriage to Nancy Peck ended in divorce.
Survivors include his wife of 31 years, Christine Pittman Peck of Alexandria; two children from his first marriage, Carol Kabat of Kingstowne, Virginia, and J. Loren Peck Jr. of Miami; two stepsons, Mark A. Pittman and Robert L. Pittman, both of Fairfax County; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
J. LOREN PECK (Age 84)
Of Alexandria, Virginia, passed away on June 6, 2007. J. is survived by Christine B. Peck, his beloved wife of more than 30 years.
J., a decorated Colonel in the United States Air Force, proudly served his country in World War II, as well as in Korea and Vietnam.
Funeral services with Full Military Honors will be held at the Fort Myer Old Post Chapel on Tuesday, August 14th at 9 a.m. Immediately followed by the burial in the Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in J.'s name to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, 200 Lothrop St., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213.
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