Presley Earl Peek
FORT KENT, Maine — Presley Earl Peek, 82, of Fort Kent, passed away on February 23, 2017 after several years of living with cancer. He was born in Pendleton, Indiana the son of Carl and Beatrice Peek.
He was very proud of the fact that his name goes all the way back to a Presley Peek who fought in the Civil War. He was a Hoosier who transplanted well into the Franco American culture of the St. John Valley. Presley spent his career in education, beginning with teaching in schools in Michigan and Missouri, and ending with many years of teaching math and science education at the University of Maine at Fort Kent.
Although math was his chosen subject, he was well versed in grammar and always insisted on the use of good language. Now and then he liked to insert French words into his speech. Reading was one of his favorite pastimes. He was also fond of whistling. Sometimes he whistled to announce his arrival someplace. Oftentimes he would whistle a tune. Sometimes he burst into song.
After he was done teaching at UMFK, he moved into the back settlement of St. Francis, where he spent decades living off the grid and keeping a cow and chickens and growing vegetables and an orchard and cutting his own firewood. Life on the land suited him extremely well, and it was only after he found out about the cancer that he moved into Fort Kent.
Presley was predeceased by his brother, Charles Peek, and by a sister, Jean Kemerly. He is survived by his wife Gloria Ouellette of Fort Kent; by his sister Frances Mitchell of North Carolina, and by several nieces and nephews.