Elmer O. Peters

Elmer O Peters 94, formerly of Tripoli and Cedar Vale Assisted Living in Nashua, died Wednesday, October 7, 2015, at Bartels Lutheran Retirement Community in Waverly.

Funeral Services will be held at Faith United Church of Christ in Tripoli on Monday, October 12, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow at Faith U.C.C. Cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, October 11, 2015, at Rettig Funeral Home in Tripoli and for one hour preceding services on Monday at the church. Memorials may be directed to the family.

Elmer Otto Johann Edwin, son of William and Bertha (Rathe) Peters, was born January 31, 1921, on the family farm in rural Bremer County. He was baptized on February 20, 1921 and confirmed on April 14, 1935, at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Readlyn. He received his education at Fremont #8 country school. On December 12, 1948, he was united in marriage with Irene Louise Bertha Doepke, at St. Peter’s Evangelical and Reformed Church in Tripoli by Rev. Theophil E. Blaufuss. The couple farmed near Tripoli for over fifty years. He was a long time member of Faith United Church of Christ. Elmer prided himself on being able to look at something and figure out how to make it himself. He was able to fix anything. He enjoyed going to auctions, fishing, spearing for carp, eating fish, sometimes better than catching the fish, sharing riddles, playing cards and music. He also loved to spend time with his family.

Elmer is survived by his three daughters, Susan (Larry) Brown of Frederika, Sandra (Gary) Snyder of Frederika, and Shirley (Paul) Regenold of Charles City; four grandchildren, Daniel (Shelly) Brown, Denise (Larry) Sears, Laura Snyder, and Amy (Daniel) Price; one step-grandchild, Bradley (Stephanie) Brown; two great-grandchildren, Shane and Rachael Sears; two step-great-grandchildren, Ashley and Terri Brown; two brothers, Elston (Gladys) Peters of Waterloo and Vernon (Verdeen) Peters of Cedar Falls; and one sister-in-law, Darlene Peters of Readlyn.

In addition to his parents and wife, Irene, who died in 2009, he was preceded in death by one grandson, Scott Snyder; one step-granddaughter, Jackie Brown; one son-in-law, Randy Heller; five brothers, Leslie, Erwald, Donald, Wilbert, and Robert Peters; and two sisters, LaVonne Woodring and Janice Risse.


Judy (McBride) Zeigler on October 16, 2015 at 11:07 AM said:

Shirley, so sorry to hear about your father's passing. May you be comforted by the memories you have of him.
Brad & Kim Bunce family on October 12, 2015 at 7:18 AM said:

Elmer always had a smile on his face. We enjoyed talked with him whenever we would see him. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
David and Ruth Kirchhoff on October 10, 2015 at 11:56 AM said:

We have so many fond memories of Elmer throughout the years. There would be a knock at the door and he would have homemade puzzles and toys for our kids when they were growing up. Playing cards was a must while visiting the Peters residents. Elmer and Irene would love to play schapskopf with Irene politely saying, "Come on Elmer pay attention." Couldn't drive by an ice cream shop without stopping. He is in our hearts forever, and we will miss him dearly.
Dawn Holm (Peters) on October 9, 2015 at 11:36 AM said:

So sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad and Grandpa Elmer. Our parents go way back with playing cards and just siting around talking and laughing. He always had a smile on his face and something good to say. I'll always remember when he got his PT Cruiser...he was so proud of that little car. Thinking of you and praying for comfort during this very difficult time.
Paul and Berta on October 8, 2015 at 3:14 PM said:

Our hearts go out to you and family, Shirley. Your Dad was such a jovial person, so happy go lucky, and very nice to visit with. We will surely miss his jokes. Even tho, it was the same jokes, it was funny to hear him tell them. May he rest in the arms of his Jesus now, and be with your Mother.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Becker-Milnes Funeral Home

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