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Melissa “Missy” Ann Peckham returned to her heavenly home on Saturday, March 6th, 2021, at the age of 53, after her long race with Cancer.

Missy was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on February 17th, 1968, and grew up in the Wayland and Byron Center Communities with many friends and family. She later met her best friend and future husband, Robert “Bob” Peckham in Cedar Springs, Michigan and they married on July 10th, 1987. They later welcomed their two sons, James and Sean Peckham who she adored.

Missy spent her adult years investing her work ethic and love for adventure and athleticism into her two sons and grandchildren. When she was not dedicating time to her job she loved at the Gun Lake Casino, she spent her time cheering her grandkids on at sporting events, taking them on new outdoor adventures or simply having craft days with them. Missy was strong in her faith and loved joining bible study with her mom and fellowship on Sundays. She loved her family dearly and all who knew her could see that in her daily life.

Missy loved to take her trials to the race, she developed a love and passion for running and involved her family as well. It later became a family activity to travel around Michigan and not only run races, but bring awareness to many causes near and dear to her.

Missy joins her precious granddaughter, Allie May in Heaven.

She will be missed by her loving husband of 33 years, Robert Peckham; sons, James (Tanya) Peckham and Sean (Shelby) Peckham; grandchildren, Macie, Dylan, James, and Olivia; parents, Jim and Linda Magee; sisters, Tami (Jack) DeLeeuw, Shelly (Devin) Eldred, and Renee (Jason) Walling; and many nieces, nephews, and extended family members.

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished my race, I have kept my faith. Now there is in store for me the Crown of righteousness, which the lord, the righteous judge, will awards to me on this day.” 2 Timothy 4:7-8

A celebration of life will follow later this Spring.

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Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids, 616-452-3006.


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17 Condolences

  1. Denise on March 11, 2021 at 8:58 pm

    I will miss her dearly. I enjoyed working and talking with her. We both laughed when we realized that I live directly across the street from her parents. R.I.H sweet sweet friend

  2. Tina L Caruso on March 12, 2021 at 6:17 am

    Sorry for your loss, loved Missy, loved working with her. We became job coaches at the same time. She will be truly missed. God Bless

  3. Lisa Ulrich on March 12, 2021 at 10:54 am

    I know a song that makes me think of Missy 🙏🏻 It is called “Well Done” by The Afters 🙏🏻
    She will be missed dearly – we are sending all our Love and Prayers 🙏🏻
    Love you all, Lisa, Sandy, and Dylan

  4. Maria Koopman Penninga on March 12, 2021 at 1:21 pm

    Many thoughts and prayers for you all. May God guide you all at this time.

  5. Amy Hoekstra on March 12, 2021 at 7:02 pm

    Bob you and the boys are in my prayers. I am so very sorry for your loss.

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