Robert Peters

MSgt Robert (Bob) C. Peters ret., 73, peacefully entered into eternal rest June 12, 2014 at his home in Lansing. Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, June 16 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Lansing, with Rev. John Moser as the Celebrant. Burial with Military Rites followed at Gethsemane Cemetery, Lansing.
Bob was born to Clem and Helen (Wagner) Peters November 28, 1940 in Lansing. His youthful days were spent in Lansing where he worked as a milkman, in his father’s gas station and in car repair. When he was 18, Bob joined the Marine Corps, which led to a lifetime of service to his country and fellow Americans. He married Mary (Reed) Peters July 15, 1960.
During his career in the Marine Corps, Bob was stationed all over the world. He worked as a drill instructor in San Diego, worked with liquid oxygen, and worked as an electrician. He also served multiple tours in Vietnam. After retiring from the Marines in 1979, Bob followed in his father’s footsteps and started an automobile and tractor repair shop. Through the years he helped many people get back on the road and into the fields.
Bob’s love for country and other veterans was apparent throughout his life. He served as the State Commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, 11th district chairman, as well as many other positions. When he moved back to Lansing in 1979, the Lansing VFW was not in operation. He and Glen Reed worked hard to revive this organization. Bob has served as quartermaster and treasurer. He also served on the committee for the Allamakee County Veterans Affairs. If there was a veteran in need, Bob would do his very best to find that veteran assistance. He aided many veterans with his wealth of knowledge.
Bob also served his country by becoming involved in many organizations. He was part of the Boy Scouts for 48 years. His positions in the Boy Scouts included leading a troop, being scoutmaster, and serving on the committee. He held a position until June of this year.
Bob, along with his community organizations, was involved in many other veteran organizations and the Knights of Columbus. In his spare time, Bob enjoyed hunting, fishing, and tractor rides with the tractors he personally restored. He was also an avid BB gun collector and enjoyed going to auctions looking for the perfect deal.
Robert is survived by his loving wife, Mary; his three daughters, Debi York of Arkansas, Denise (Cullen) Becker of Lansing, and Donna (Ty) Thomas of Lansing; one daughter-in-law, Dana Peters of New Jersey; 10 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two brothers, Donald and Vince; and a sister, Helene.
He was preceded in death by his son, Dale Peters; his parents, Clem and Helen Peters; and three brothers, Kenneth, Dick and Tom.
Thornburg-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Lansing assisted the family with arrangements.