Edward Lee Peikert Sr. Born in Galveston, Texas on December 1, 1943 and passed October 12, 2023. Preceding him were parents Irita Gertrude Caraway and Walter H. Peikert, sisters Barbera Jean Revels, Helen Houston and brothers Walter Peikert and Robert Peikert. Surviving siblings Lucy Houston, Verna Inman, and Bertha Edwards. \n\nEdward's dad was killed in a shipyard accident in St Louis, MO when he was 6 years old. His sisters helped raise him and later his mom remarried Wesly Cox. No matter where Edward lived he loved going out to the countryside and often brought back snakes or turtles as pets. \n\nEdward joined the Army Airborne Division in and served 3 years. While on a leave he visited home when his sister Bertha and Ruby were visiting. They started corresponding with letters and when he had completed his term with the army and she graduated high school they were married on May 22, 1966 in Hatton, AR. They had five children: Sharon Conaster and husband David Conaster, Edward Peikert Jr. and wife Carrie Peikert, Christine Lovell and husband Rodney Lovell, Daniel Peikert and wife Tammy Boyd Peikert, and Darlena Cochran and husband James Cochran. Many grandkids including Melissa, Denise, Sarah, Aurianna, Serenity, Hunter, Latosha, Elizabeth, Katie, Bonni, Sunni, Christian, Justin, Molly, Michael, Matthew, Robert, Kenley, Tamerah and many great-grandchildren.\n\nEdward had many jobs including service station attendant and Warehouser. He also owned his own service station, several wholesale candy and tobacco stores, and his favorite was the Pet Shop. He loved the animals and taking care of his yard including planting many different flowers and fruit trees. You could find him outside almost every day. \n\nEdward was a strong man with strong beliefs. He always did what he thought was right and raised his children teaching them how to work and be a good person. He loved his family very much and dedicated his life to provide and care for them. He was very honest and straightforward but also caring. \n\nEdward moved to Mena in 1984 and has been a part of the community for several years thru his businesses. He will have a lasting memory with his family and friends. \n\nGraveside services will be held on Saturday October 14, 2023 at 10:00 AM at the Witherspoon Cemetery in Vandervoort Arkansas with Brother Donnie Jewel officiating under the direction of Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.\n\nIn lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the funeral home for services.