Orville: 1915 - 2005
Bertha: 1919 - 2007
Orville M. Peebles was born in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, the son of Hal and Stella (Troupe) Peebles. While a young man, his family moved to Council Grove, Kansas, where Mr. Peebles attended school. Bertha Peebles was born in Council Grove to Reaper and Georgia (Coates) Williams. It was while in school at Council Grove that the two met and later married. Mr. and Mrs. Peebles moved to Pasco, Washington and later to Pateros. In 1945, the family settled in the Lake Chelan Valley.
Mr. Peebles was a veteran of World War II, a proud member of the United States Marine Corps. During the war he served in numerous missions as part of the 2nd Marine Regiment and the 22nd Battalion operating in the South Pacific Islands. Following his discharge and move to the Lake Chelan area, Mr. Peebles was employed in heavy construction working on Chief Joseph Dam, Wells Dam, Rock Reach Dam and Rock Island Dam. Mr. Peebles’ entry into the apple industry came with his purchase of an orchard in 1948. His activity in the industry, which included service as a board member of Blue Chelan and later Trout fruit cooperatives, continued until his death. Mr. Peebles was an active member of the Chelan and Manson communities serving as a leader of 4H, FFA, Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts and a member of VFW Post 6853, Chelan Valley Lodge #118 and F. and A.M. He was honored for that service when he was selected as Citizen of the Year in Chelan.
Mrs. Peebles was active with her husband in the community and in their orchard business. In the 1970s, she was employed with the Migrant Day Care Center in Manson providing a safe environment and nutritious meals for the young children of migrant orchard workers. In fact, she was known for her love of feeding people and regularly gathered friends and family to share dishes of homemade traditional comfort foods. Mrs. Peebles was a long-time member of the Silver Star Chapter 93, O.E.S and a Past Worthy Matron. She was a member of the Chelan Senior Center and the VFW Post 6853 Auxiliary. Mrs. Peebles supported her family’s efforts and was involved herself in 4H, FFA and Cub Scouts.
Mr. and Mrs. Peebles had two sons: Marrian (Diane) and Herold (Vicki). The two boys followed their parents into the tree fruit industry and were partners in family orchard operations.
In memory of their parents, the Peebles family established a scholarship fund to assist young people raised in their long-time home communities of Chelan and Manson.