Peggy J. McClintock Luhring

Monday, October 26, 2015

Peggy J. McClintock Luhring of Milford and Spirit Lake, 84, formerly of Washta, passed away Thursday morning, October 22, 2015 in the Hawkeye Care Center in Milford.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, October 27th, at 1 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Spirit Lake, with Rev. Clint Loveal officiating, and there will be a family prayer service at the church at 12:45 p.m. on Tuesday, prior to the funeral service. Visitation at the Boothby Funeral Home in Cherokee will be on Monday from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m., with the family present at that time. There will be a D.A.R. Memorial service at the funeral home on Monday evening at 7 p.m. Visitation will also be at the First Presbyterian Church in Spirit Lake on Tuesday from 12 noon until service time. Burial and graveside services will be at 5 p.m. on Tuesday at the Quimby Cemetery in Quimby. Online condolences can be left at

Peggy Joan Kissinger was born to Louis and Clara (Conley) Kissinger on November 2, 1930 in Washta, and she grew up in the Washta area, graduating from Washta High School in 1947. Peggy attended Buena Vista College and graduated with a teaching Degree in 1949, and in 1970 she attained her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education from Buena Vista College.

Peggy was married to Charles W. McClintock on August 13, 1950 in Washta, and he passed away on July 5, 1995. She later married John "Jack" Luhring in Mesa, Arizona on February 7, 2004, and he passed away on September 7, 2015.

Peggy was an elementary education teacher in several communities for many years, including Quimby, Washta, Cherokee and Spirit Lake, and she was a pioneer in designing Talented and Gifted Programs throughout the State of Iowa. Peggy resided in Quimby from 1954 until 1983, when she and her husband moved to the Lakes area. She was a member of the Methodist Church in Quimby and Spirit Lake for many years, and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Spirit Lake at the time of her death. Peggy was also a member of P.E.O. and D.A.R., was active in church circles and many social clubs and organizations over the years. She served as mayor of Wahpeton for two years and was a member of the Okoboji Protective Association. Peggy enjoyed politics and was an active member of the Democratic Party.

Peggy had several hobbies, including music, reading, dancing, sewing, local and family history, and the theatre. She spent winters in Mesa, Arizona for 15 years, and she also enjoyed the Iowa Great Lakes and her cats.

Peggy was preceded in death by her parents; her two husbands; and a brother and sister-in-law, Daryl and Evelyn Kissinger.

She is survived by her three children: Joan (Larry) Falken of Grand Junction, Colorado, Dean McClintock of Parker, South Dakota and Cary (Neal) Luitjens of Little Chute, isconsinI; two step-children: Brad Luhring of Des Moines and Rebecca (Randy) Spetman of Colorado Springs, Colorado; four grandchildren: Eric (Jessica) Falken of Portland, Oregon, Megan Fields of Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Ben and Sara Luitjens of Little Chute, Wisconsin; two step-grandchildren: Brian Spetman of Tallahassee, Florida and Kim Spetman of Phoenix, Arizona; and five great grandchildren: Hadley and Bridger Falken and Iris, Lily, and Violet Fields.