Friday, November 4, 2011

One in a million

I wanted to post the obituary of a dear and long time friend, Don Peters. He lost a very short battle to cancer. I've known Don and his lovely wife Audrey for well over 20 years. I am called 'Daughter' and to me, they are mom and dad. Audrey is the one that puts the smile on everyone's face, and Don is the one that keeps it there. Upon Don's retirement, he and Audrey moved from California to Idaho. While California's loss was Idaho's gain, their presence still is greatly missed here in Ca. When i went to visit my friend Katie in Idaho a couple of years ago, i was hoping to meet up with Don and Audrey while there. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to schedule my visit with Audrey due to her work, but on our way back to the airport in Utah, i was able to hook up with Don. I was glad then that we had that meeting, and even more so now. Don will be missed, but his loving, giving spirit will live on in those he loved. Don, I love you, miss you, and I know that you will be there to greet me when I get to Heaven.


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iconPETERS, DON LEONARD Don Leonard Peters of Twin Falls, ID, formerly of Grand Rapids, MI, went to his home on Thursday, October 27, 2011. He was greeted by his parents, his parents-in-law, and other family members as well as Chip, Dale and Taz and many cats that he hated to love. Don was born August 9, 1942, in Twin Falls, ID, to Leonard and Ruth (Loughmiller) Peters, the second of five children. He attended and graduated from Filer High School in 1960 and went on to enlist in the U.S. Navy that same year. When he retired as an IC Chief in June of 1994, he had served his country for 30 years both active duty and reserve. He married Kathleen Folkertsma in April of 1968 in National City, CA. After adopting her daughter, they had another daughter and son. They were divorced and he married Audrey Lewis in January of 1982 in San Diego, CA. Together they raised Audrey's nephew. When he retired, they moved up to Idaho and lived in the house where he and his siblings were born and raised. He was a gentleman farmer - renting out the acreage to his brothers to graze their cattle. He was an avid steel tip dart player, loved to dance, pan for gold, watch drag racing, and play cribbage. He was also learning how to home brew and working on making a hot rod out of a 1936 Chevy pickup. He loved his family and leaves his wife, Audrey; three daughters, Kimberly (Rob) Zack of Big Rapids, MI Christine (Karl) Olson of Holland, MI, Tara Steinke of San Diego, CA; three sons, John (Ranae) Peters of Holland, MI, Jason (Hollie) Steinke of Zeeland, MI, Benjamin Lewis of Holland, MI; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandsons. He also will be missed by his brothers, Gerrit (Joyce) Peters of Hollister, ID, John (Teri) Peters of Filer, ID; two sisters, Martha (Wandal) Winn of Anchorage, AK, Linda (Dave) Burgess of Twin Falls, ID; as well as his sisters-in-law, Nita (Sam) Slater of Lawrenceburg, TN, Vikki (Mike) Peacock of Grand Rapids. He also leaves many extended family members that loved and will miss him. Don had many friends from all parts of America as well as Hollister and Twin Falls, ID who will also miss his smile, his jokes, his help with whatever they needed and his upbeat attitude. According to Don's wishes, he was cremated and taken back to Idaho where private family services will be held at a later time. Condolences may be sent online
Me and Don in Idaho 2009

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