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Rufus Holland Peer, 96, of Uniontown, passed away August 7, 2023 at Peroni's Personal Care
Home. He was born November 22, 1926, in Augusta, West Virginia.
A son of Virgil Wesley Peer and Ida (Saville) Peer, he grew up a farm boy. He graduated as
valedictorian of Capon Bridge High School (WV) at age 16, worked a year, then went to Johnson
Bible College (where he occasionally taught for the Greek Professor when the Prof needed to be gone).
He graduated at 21, but not before meeting the love of his life, Arlis, with whom he spent 76 years of
He was not only a preacher of the Word but also an example of God's Word, the Bible.
He started preaching at age 20 in Gap Creek in Kimberlin Heights, TN. He then went on to preach in
Bluefield, WV before preaching in Laughlintown, PA for 11 more years where he started one Church
and served 3 others in the Ligonier Valley.
He then preached in New Salem, PA for 30 years,
and after retiring, still did Interim Ministry for 10 more years
(in Latrobe, Republic, Connellsville, and up on the mountain).
He enjoyed sports. He played basketball in college, he was part of a baseball league at Laughlintown,
enjoyed the Church Dartball League in Uniontown and loved pitching for VBS games.
His humor played a big role in keeping the ball rolling and everyone smiling!
He was a tent making preacher; in that, like the Apostle Paul, he worked a regular job in
addition to serving with a Congregation.
He was a milkman and ice cream truck driver (hauled about everything you can haul on a truck).
He organized Christmas presents for Grundy Mountain Mission School (and usually hauled
presents and other things they needed for the Mission).
While he received many awards in his lifetime, one stands out, as Rufus and Arlis received Johnson
Bible College's Distinguished Service Award.
He served in multiple side ministries, as Dean for weeks at Camp Christian (Mill Run, PA),
leading Vacation Bible Schools (VBS), encouraging area Congregations, preaching in
other Churches' Revival Meetings, leading charitable donations for Mountain Mission
School (orphanage) in Grundy, VA., volunteering with the Red Cross, and heading up the Salvation
Army's food bank for New Salem.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Ray Peer, Floyd Peer, Virgil ("Jr") Peer,
a sister, Irene Lofton, and a nephew Bobby Peer.
Left to cherish his legacy and memory are his wife of 76 years, Arlis (Cook) Peer, children Darrell
[Pat] Peer (Sebring, FL), Deedra Gerkin (Shelbyville, IL), Kevan Peer (Uniontown, PA), and Keith
[Beth] Peer (Belle Vernon, PA), his brother Ansel "Dick" [Arvella] Peer (Capon Bridge, WV), a nephew raised by his Mom – Paul [Reba] Peer, 9 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren and several
nephews and nieces.
First Christian Church New Salem (800 New Salem Rd, Uniontown, PA 15401), will host both the
Visitation on Friday, August 11, from 2 - 4 PM, and 6 - 8 PM, and on
Saturday, August 12, after a Visitation at 10 AM, a Celebration of Life service will be held at 11 AM,
with Pastor Andy Miles officiating. Interment will be private at the Salem View Cemetery.
Arrangements are being handled through Dearth Funeral Home.
Many thanks to all the Church leaders and members who shared in creating a faith legacy for all to
come to know Christ. Additional thanks to the staff at Peroni's Personal Care Home for helping him in
the final stage of life on this side of Heaven. And special thanks to the Amedisys Home
Health and Hospice teams for providing excellent care, especially Nurses Tiffany, Rhianon, and
Maranda, as well as the many Aides including Bobbie, Crystal, Janice, Samantha, and Bobbi Jo.
In lieu of flowers, please send gifts in his name to the New Salem Church for the Building Fund or to
Mountain Mission School (1760 Edgewater Dr, Grundy, VA. 24614).
First Christian Church of New Salem
800 New Salem Rd., Uniontown PA 15401
1368 Mall Run Road Suite 628, Uniontown PA 15401