Funeral arrangements set for 'America' founder Dan Peek

10:59 AM, Jul 27, 2011   |    comments
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Farmington, MO (KSDK) - Dan Peek, a founding member of the rock group "America" died at home Sunday as a result of fibrinous pericarditis, which is inflammation of the fibrous sac around the heart. He was 60.

Peek formed "America" with former band mates Dewey Bunnell and Gerry Beckley in 1970. He shared lead vocal duties and played guitar, bass, and keyboards. He appeared on the bands biggest hits including "A Horse With No Name", "Ventura Highway", "Sister Golden Hair".

He wrote other hits, including "Lonely People" and "Today's the Day". After years of self-admitted drug use, Peek left the band in 1977, citing his religious faith.

He was also successful in the Christian pop musical genre. In 1979, he released "All Things Are Possible", which was nominated for a Grammy.

Dan met his wife Catherine at in high school in London, England, and called her the love of his life. They live in the Cayman Islands in the 1990s, where he continued to record music. After leaving the Carribbean, they called Farmington, Missouri home.

Peek released his autobiography, An American Band, in which he talked about life in the fast lane of rock and roll, and his spiritual awakening.

He is survived by his wife Catherine, his parents Milton and Gerri, and his siblings Tom, Debbie, Becky, David and Angela.

Friends may call at Cozean Memorial Chapel in Farmington on Sunday, July 31 from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m. Visitation will resume Monday morning from 7 a.m. until 9 a.m. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m.

Memorials may be made to Midnight Call Ministries or Presbyterian Manor's Good Samaritan Fund.

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You can see Dan perform some of his hits on his website.


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