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Apr 1, 2014 5:06 PM by Sara Donchey

Friends, Colleagues Remember Longtime Educator Dick Peltz

CORPUS CHRISTI -- "You're the best of the best. Top of the top. Cream of the crop."

That was something Dick Peltz often told his students in the more than two decades he spent as an educator.

"He got you to believe in yourself and do things you never thought you could do," said Susan Bateman, the Calk Elementary School Principal and a former colleague.

Peltz was also a leader in his church--a pastor and music teacher for years.

These may all be impressive credentials, but his friends and colleagues remember him more for who he was than what he accomplished.

"(He was) extremely unselfish," said Pastor John Steekamp. "Caring. Kind. Intelligent. And faith-filled."

Steekamp worked with Peltz at the South Shore Church where he was a Pastor for years.

"Dick has this gift of inspiring people," Steekamp said. "We would have meetings and rallies and retreats. He infused the congregation with energy and optimism. He had that gift."

Peltz died Monday after battling kidney failure and deteriorating health over the course of the last few months.

And though he's gone now, for the friends he leaves behind, his legacy is still very much alive.

"He probably has influenced more people in a positive manner than any person i have ever met," Batemen said. "Somehow he sensed when I would be down. And he would--all of a sudden--I would get a phone call. And I heard that from a lot of people, that something would be going on in their life. And all of a sudden he would call, and just talking to him would cheer them up."

"People are just gonna be lost for a while, knowing that he's gone," said Steekamp.

"People will be talking about Dick for years--the impact that he made on them."

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