Joseph Peroutek   

Joseph Peroutek was born to Emil “Peck” and Sarah “Leona” (McCarty) Peroutek on the old homestead south west of Esbon on Dec. 17, 1938. He died Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2024, at the age of 85.

He was in Boy Scouts as a child and attended the Mt. Zion Country school and then Esbon High School, graduating with the Class of 1956. After graduating high school, Joe attended radio and television school in Wichita for six months before joining the U.S. Navy a few days before his 18th birthday. While in the Navy, he served in the Naval Air and was stationed in San Diego, California; Norman, Oklahoma; Memph...


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