Colonel Jack E. Peace, 95, died Sept. 22, 2016, in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
A native of Corbin, he was the son of the late Bradley and Virginia Peace. Jack was a 1939 graduate of Corbin High School, where he was the drum major of the band. After two years at Union College, playing on the last football team before World War II, he joined the US Air Force in 1941. He had a distinguished career, serving as a pilot, flying many different types of aircraft during World War II, the Korean War and the Berlin Airlift. During World War II he flew 56 missions over the "Hump," the Himalayas mountains, which were the world's highest, and having the worst weather, losing more Air Force personnel and planes there than any other theater of war. He retired in 1965 and lived for many years in Great Falls, Montana, before moving to California in 2009.
He was preceded in death by his older siblings, brother Bob and sister June Brummett, also Corbin natives.
He is survived by his younger brother, the Rev. Phil Peace, another native of Corbin, who resides in California. He is also survived by a son, Dave Peace, and daughter, Patty Hammarstedt, and four grandsons.
He was interred with military honors at the National Cemetery in Santa Fe.
Published on October 6, 2016