Peters, Farnsley L.
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Aug. 11, 1929 - Oct. 20, 2013
Farnsley L. Peters, 84, of Nokomis, Florida passed away at home October 20, 2013. Born August 11, 1929, in Louisville, Kentucky, the first of four sons, to Floyd and Freda (Meyer) Peters. Moved to Glen Ellyn, Illinois in 1944. At Glenbard High School, he participated in sports and dramatics. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison on a football scholarship and lettered both in football and track. Member of Alpha Chi Rho fraternity, he graduated in 1952 with a B.S. in Economics and army commission of 2nd Lieutenant, immediately went into active duty during the Korean Conflict, and married Jean Davies whom he met at UW. Following discharge from the army in 1954, Peters and his wife went to Joliet, Illinois, to join his father in the family moving and storage business. While in Joliet, he was active in community affairs, especially the Jr. Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees). He served as President of Joliet Jaycees, VP and President of the Illinois Jaycees. He chose to leave the family business and pursue a career in the Chamber of Commerce field. He served on the staff of Madison (WI) Chamber of Commerce and was the chief executive officer of Aurora (IL), Rockford (IL), and Cincinnati (OH) Chambers of Commerce. In Aurora, he was a member of the team that played an important part in bringing the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory to the Aurora area. In Rockford, he served as President of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce Executives, Board member of American Chamber of Commerce Executives, Chairman of the Mideast Institute for Organization Management, and an instructor at Institutes around the country. In 1982 he became the chief executive of the Iowa Manufacturers Association with a mandate to create a state association of all businesses. In 1984 the Iowa Association of Business and Industry was founded. Under his leadership at IABI, Leadership Iowa was founded to develop a pool of young leaders; Iowa Commerce Magazine was created; and Business Horizons was formed. He participated in several foreign trade missions. In 1990, he and Jean moved to Nokomis, Florida, where he served as President of Venice-Nokomis Rotary Club and President of Venice Gondoliers Barbershop Chorus. He was also a member of Sarasota Chorus of the Keys and Lemon Bay Chord Company. He sang for many years with the choirs of Venice-Nokomis United Methodist Church and Venice Presbyterian Church. He frequently assisted his wife, Jean, with her duties as Executive Director of the Venice Symphony. He is survived by his wife, Jean; daughter, Susan and son-in-law Patrick Brugh of Glen Ellyn, Illinois; son David of Nokomis; three grandsons, Miles and Griffin Brugh and Derrik Peters; and his brothers, Kenton of Madison, Wisconsin, and Barry of Oswego, Illinois.
He is predeceased by his parents Freda and Floyd Peters and his brother, Tom. A service will be held at Venice Presbyterian Church November 27, 2013, 11:00 AM. The family is grateful to Hospice for their care and support. Memorials may be sent to Tidewell Hospice 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238. Ewing Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Toale Brothers Funeral Homes Ewing Chapel
140 East Venice Avenue Venice, FL 34285
Published in Herald Tribune from Oct. 27 to Oct. 28, 2013