Celebrating the life of William W. "Bill" Peach
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Bill was born in Vincennes, Indiana, on September 18, 1931 to William A Peach and Dorothy Coomer Peach. His smiling demeanor was a gift to anybody who knew him. Bill’s family and friends were always an important part of his life. Bill graduated from Lincoln High School in 1949 and Vincennes University two years later. He went on to receive a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University School of Business, and finally completed his education by receiving a JD degree from Indiana University School of Law. After being admitted to the bar, he returned to Vincennes to join the law firm of Arthur Hart. Approximately a year later, he returned to his love of accounting by accepting a position with Ernst & Ernst, CPA’s of Indianapolis and Terre Haute. While at Ernst & Ernst, he earned his CPA certificates in Indiana and Illinois. Always longing for home, he returned to Vincennes in 1968 to join the firm of Miller & Company, CPAs, which was later renamed Peach, Tucker & Company, where he served as the owner and managing partner until its closure in 2017. Throughout his professional career Bill served in many capacities with professional organizations including the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Indiana CPA Society. He served on the Board of Directors of the INCPAS and on many of their committees, including the INCPAS Ethics Committee. He was also a member of the Knox County Bar Association.
Bill was a member of the First United Methodist Church and throughout his life gave of himself to many civic and charitable organizations. He served on the Knox County Council from 1971 – 1974. He also served on the Knox County Parks and Recreation Board, Vincennes Economic Development Commission, Vincennes School Building Corporation and the Knox County Chamber of Commerce. In addition, he gave of his time to the United Fund of Knox County, Salvation Army, Spirit of Rendezvous, Vincennes Rotary Club, Masonic Lodge, Shrine, Elks and Harmony Society. William was awarded a Sagamore of the Wabash Award by Governor Robert D Orr in recognition of his distinguished service to state and community.
Survivors include 5 grandchildren, Mark Peach of Vincennes, Alex Peach of Freelandville, Victoria Peach Robinson of Freelandville, Mindy Stadler and Michael Stadler of Riley, IN; and 3 great-grandchildren. In addition, he is also survived by special friends that he thought of as his extended family, Jhan Kocher and family, Rachael Headley and family, Ellen Lee and family, of Vincennes, IN, Howard Chanley, of Vincennes, IN and Krystle Barrett of Otwell, IN.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Wilma Staley Peach, his daughter Amy E Peach, his son Joseph W Peach, and granddaughter Michelle Stadler Eberlein. He was also preceded in death by his cherished friend, loving companion and soul mate, Betty Jo “BJ” Hoffman.
A graveside gathering to celebrate his life will be held at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions to Vincennes Pet Port or Good Samaritan Hospice. Duesterberg-Fredrick Funeral Home is honored to assist with Bill's arrangements.
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Vincennes, IN 47591
Vincennes, IN 47591