Claude A. Peper, Jr., 60, of Greenville, passed away at 9:59 p.m. Thursday December 3, 2015 in the Emergency Room of Greenville Regional Hospital.
Claude was the son of Claude Alvin Eugene Peper Sr. and Marilyn Sue Meyers Peper, and was born on March 4, 1955 in Centralia. Claude grew up in Nashville and attended Hoyleton Grade School, Nashville Grade School and graduated from Nashville High School.
Claude answered his country’s call by joining the United States Marines. He was honorably discharged in 1978 and moved his family to Greenville where he worked at Consolidated Coal until 1985 when he joined the Coffeen Power Plant.
Claude is a 35 year member of the Greenville Fire Protection District where he served as Commissioner, an EMT, a member of Lincoln Land Leathernecks, and a member of the Greenville First Christian Church where he served on the Church Board and had been a Deacon.
Claude and Sally J. Bayless were united in marriage on August 30, 1975 in Nashville, IL. and enjoyed over 33 years together before her death on November 18, 2008. They are the parents of four children who survive: Andrew A. Peper of Greenville, Adam M. (Amber) Peper of Ellisville, MO, Emily J. Peper of Greenville, Erin E. (Nate) Whisler of Olney, three grandchildren.
Claude and Sandra K. Buttrum were united in marriage on June 7, 2014 and she survives as do her three children: Jeremy L. (Caryl) Buttrum of Parkersburg, IL, Kristina K. (Jeremy) Weidner of Edgewood, IL, Kari L. (Kenny) Calame of Beecher City, IL, and five grandchildren: Dakota Weidner, Jesse Weidner, Jarett Buttrum, Della Buttrum, and Gavin Buttrum.
Claude is also survived by his two sisters Debbie (Leland) Knolhoff of Hoffman, Val (Stan) Huelsmann of Aviston, and brother Dale Peper of Nashville. Claude enjoyed his two special dogs Sophia and Penelope.
Claude is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Sally, and his sister Diana in infancy.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at the Greenville First Christian Church with Darryl Bolen officiating.
For those who desire memorials in Claude’s memory may be made to the Greenville Fire Protection District, or to the First Christian Church at the Church or at Donnell-Wiegand.