I regret to report the passing of Edwin A. Peck of Ossian, Indiana. He was the longtime publisher of the Ossian Journal. Mr. Peck died on Christmas Day.
He turned 95 in November. He was a US Army veteran of World War II with service in the South Pacific.
Ed was a former board member of the Hoosier State Press Association.
Above all, he was a nice man, dedicated to his community and an exemplar of a Hoosier small town publisher.
We first met when I was a young legislator and I was impressed with his genuine friendliness and interest in all things that would affect his state or community. He had two traits I often found in tandem in small town newspapermen - he was curious and he was kind.
This was all before I had met his daughter, Candy Fries, and saw the pride he had in his grandsons' endeavors.
I wrote this back in 2005 in the Indiana Parley weblog, referring first to another small town publisher I had known - Don Montgomery, the publisher of the weekly Allen County Times in New Haven:
Don was a real journalist who had a beat which he covered thoroughly and, as the case with many weekly newspaper owners, with some gentleness. [ . . . ] He was well-respected, too, by his fellow publishers across the state [ . . . ].
Men I knew like Don,such as his predecessor, Ching Weber, and Ossian's Ed Peck were pretty much the same upstanding guys. It didn't matter which party they belonged to - Ching was a Democrat, Don a Republican, and Ed remains today a staunch conservative Republican. (He is also the father-in-law of Allen County Sheriff candidate Ken Fries).
What they had in common was that they owned the press on which their paper was published. They also, in order to carry on what they did, had to retain the respect of most everyone in their community.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Elzey-Patterson-Rodak Funeral Home in Ossian, Indiana.