tradition. One pizza was for my mother and brother and sister and me, and one pizza was for him. Sometimes he would go into our pizza."
Despite problems with his health, Peplow took his children on fishing trips and was active in the Boy Scouts.
The family also stressed education. The oldest daughter, Julie, 35, has an MBA. Doug, 33, has a Ph.D. in nuclear engineering. Andy, 30, is finishing up his doctorate in genetics.
"Both my parents decided early on that we would go to college," Doug Peplow said. "We didn't know anything else."
Peplow used the same financial acumen with the fire department that he and his wife used to put three children through college. The mortgage on the new fire station that was built in 1995 has been paid off.
"Wayne was pretty tight with the buck," Doering said.
Peplow was too ill last week to attend the visitation of Mulay, the Peoria County sheriff's deputy killed in an auto accident while on duty last week, so the department came to his home, marching in their new uniforms by Peplow's house.
"It was pretty powerful," Doug Peplow said. "I don't think anybody in the family can tell the story without crying. He didn't say much, but you could tell it touched him."
SEP News, Notes & Quotes
January 27, 1993
Issue No. 4