2013-03-16 / Obituaries

Alphon “Gene” Pegg

Alphon “Gene” Pegg, 79 of Baltimore passed away March 11, 2013, at his residence.

Gene was a 2010 Nominee for Hall of Fame Award. He graduated from Minford High School in 1951, after 12 years in the Minford School System. He was known for his mischievous nature. He learned of a government apprenticeship program In Virginia and successfully passed the entrance exam and was accepted. While in Virginia, he met and married his wife of 52 years, Betty.

After four years of training, he acquired a Master Machinist Certification and returned to Ohio. He worked for North American Aviation in the Engineering and Development Division. He was certified as a stock broker and obtained an Ohio Insurance License. In 1965, he became Executive Vice President for Hume Engineering Corporation.

During his childhood on Blue Run in Scioto County, he loved hunting and fishing and expeditions in remote areas throughout the United States. These ventures involved four-wheel drive off-road vehicles. Another of his long standing interests were vintage cars, using this knowledge he became involved in the innovation and improvement of off-road vehicles. In 1972, he opened his own company, Trail City, now known as TRAILS WEST, in Pataskala, specializing in four-wheel drive vehicles and equipment. He was the world’s largest dealer of International Scout four-wheel drive vehicles. In 2006, he built a 32,000 square feet facility which is run by his children. He served on the National Board of Directors for Off Road Vehicle Equipment. He is listed in the Who’s Who Registry of Executives, Professional and Entrepreneurs. Gene was semiretired and lived quietly in a rural area outside Baltimore.

Gene is survived by daughter, Kathleen Pegg of Lancaster; sons, Bill Pegg of Pataskala and Gregory (Laura) Pegg of Pickerington; grandchildren, Erika Pegg and Ryan J. Pegg; brothers, Robert (Donna) Warren of Canal Winchester and David (Pamela) Pigg of Whitehall; sisters, Dalena Doan of Reynoldsburg and Leah Nowlan of California; several nieces and nephews; and fiancé, Mary Lou Crowe of Baltimore.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents, Oscar and Vera; and his wife, Betty.

Funeral service for Gene will be at 10: 30 a.m. on Friday, March 15, 2013, in the Johnson- Smith Funeral Home Chapel, 207 S. Main St., Baltimore, with Pastor Rocky Brown officiating. Burial will follow at Glen Rest Cemetery in Reynoldsburg. Friends may call Thursday 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the funeral home.

Memorials may be given in Gene’s name to the American Cancer Society, Central Region - FAIR, 870 Michigan Ave., Columbus OH 43215. www.funeralhome.com

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