Hastings resident Barbara J. “Barb” Peck, 79, passed away Friday, August 28, 2020, at
Providence Place, Hastings, NE.
The family is planning a Celebration of Life to be held in the spring or summer.
Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church or United Way
c/o Eugene Peck, 309 North Shore Drive, Hastings, NE 68901. Private condolences may
be sent to the family at www.lbvfh.com. Livingston Butler Volland Funeral Home &
Cremation Center is serving the family.
Barb was born June 13, 1941, in Scottsbluff, NE to Howard & Eleanor (Patterson) Hall.
She graduated from Scottsbluff High School and received her bachelor’s degree in
elementary education from Nebraska Wesleyan University. Barb married Eugene Peck on
August 4, 1963, in Scottsbluff, NE.
Barb taught elementary school before dedicating her life to her family and community.
She was a member of First United Methodist Church and PEO Chapter “GZ”. Over the
years, she was involved in many organizations as a volunteer, board member, leader, and
donor. These included the Hastings Community Theater, Meals on Wheels, Hastings
Public Library Programs, Nebraska, Adams County and Mary Lanning Medical
Association Auxiliaries, the YWCA, the YMCA, the Girl and Boy Scouts, 4-H, Good
Samaritan Village Advisory Board, Hasting Community Concert Association Board,
Hastings Symphony Guild, Red Cross, Spouse Abuse/Sexual Assault Regional Board,
United Methodist Women and Youth Groups, United Way, Hastings Museum
Foundation, and Stephen’s Ministry. She received numerous awards for her hours of
service and leadership.
Barb loved to decorate for and celebrate holidays, cook and bake for others, make and
deliver her homemade jellies, cheer for Nebraska football games, enjoy the sun and the
lake, visit her grandchildren, and spend time with Gene and their good friends and
family. She was happiest as a hostess and helping others. She will be remembered for her
cheerful spirit, loving heart, and steady faith. Barb left a legacy that lives on in the many
lives she touched.
Barb was preceded in death by her parents, Eleanor and Howard Hall and her brother-in-
law, Jay Druecker.
She is survived by her husband, Eugene Peck of Hastings, NE; children & spouses:
Kristine & David Coblentz of Los Alamos, NM, Kimberly Peck & Shane Balderston of
San Diego, CA, and Jeffrey & Bridget Peck of Scottsbluff, NE; grandchildren, Kai
Coblentz (Montana State University) of Bozeman, MT, Amaya Coblentz (Western
Washington University) of Bellingham, WA, Anya & Kanen Balderston of San Diego,
CA, and Addison & Andrew Jeffrey “AJ” Peck of Scottsbluff, NE; sister, Jane Druecker
of Chadron, NE; and sister-in-law & spouse, Dorothy & Ken Carnes of Phoenix, AZ.