Cheyenne, Wy – State senator and long-time newspaper
publisher Bob Peck died today (Tuesday). He was 82 years old. Peck died at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center.
Peck missed most of the just completed legislative session after
being diagnosed with a blood clot and pneumonia in January. Peck
was diagnosed with West Nile virus in August. He was in critical
condition for two days but improved after that.
Peck was born in Riverton and lived most of his life there.
He began his newspaper career writing for the Riverton high
school newspaper. He won a scholarship to Northwestern University,
but left to serve in the Army during World War Two.
Peck enrolled at the University of Wyoming in 1947.
In 1949, Peck and his brother, Roy, acquired a weekly newspaper
in Riverton and renamed it the Riverton Times. The family business
later expanded to include several newspapers in Wyoming and
Peck was appointed to the Senate in 1991 and subsequently won
re-election to that seat. Senator John Schiffer praised Peck's ability to bring opposite sides together on an issue.
Peck is survived by three children and three grandchildren. His
wife, Cordelia, died in a car crash in 1996.