NAIFA is sad to learn that former national association President Jack Peckinpaugh passed away June 30 in Muncie, IN.
Peckinpaugh became a loyal NAIFA member in 1955. He began his insurance career with Indianapolis Life Insurance Company in November 1954, qualifying for the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) his first full year in the business. He was a qualifying MDRT member for 66 consecutive years. He served as President of NAIFA-IN and was NAIFA’s national President during the 1981-1982 association year. He received the industry’s highest honor, the John Newton Russell Memorial Award, in 2004.
“Jack’s passion for helping families secure their financial future was contagious—his daughter Beth followed him into the profession and they were business partners of Peckinpaugh & Beasley, Inc,” according to a notice published in the (New Castle, IN) Courier-Times.
“To the many whose lives he has touched for the better, he is known as a person without pretense or façade, and who has the uncommon facility to put others immediately at ease,” said NAIFA’s magazine, Life Association News, at the time of his presidency.
Peckinpaugh served in the U.S. Army and was a helicopter and fixed-wing pilot with the 2nd Infantry Division during the Korean War. He was a proud alumnus and supporter of his alma mater, Ball State University. He was President of the BSU Alumni Association from 1960-1961 and in 1962 was one of the founders of the Cardinal Varsity Club, serving as President for the first two years of the fundraising organization’s history.
Peckinpaugh was a member of Shawnee Heights Baptist Church for over 60 years, where he served as a deacon, trustee, and church moderator. In 1993, Indiana Gov. Evan Bayh awarded Jack the Sagamore of the Wabash in recognition of this service to his community and fellow citizens.
Peckinpaugh is survived by his devoted wife, Thelma; three children, Beth Beasley (husband: Mark Gray), Janie Allardt (husband: Brian), and Kelli Peckinpaugh; six grandchildren, Jack Strombeck (wife: Laura), Sam Beasley (fiance: Priscilla Ervin), Caleb Beasley (wife: Ashley), Matt Allardt (wife: Zoe), Luke Beasley, and Abbie Conte (husband: Nick); and six great-grandchildren, Kaylee, J.P., Ellie, Grace, Hesher, and Norah.
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