Dale R. Peters
1930 - 2014
Passed in Peace Sat., July 5, 2014 in his home at the age of 83. Dale was born in 1930, in Delmont, SD, son of the late Gustav Peters, and Lena (Gremmert) Peters. He grew up there, graduating from High School in 1948. He was married in 1954 and is survived by his wife of almost 60 years, Violet, and their four children.
Loving father of Kim (Lisa) Peters, Robin Morrison, Scot (Jamie) Peters, and Jason Peters. Proud grandfather of Wes and Dan Morrison, Maria, Maclane and Nolan Peters, Father in law of Ed Morrison. Survived by two sisters, Marjean Uecker and NaVonne Bovino, three brothers, Kenny, Dennis and Bill Peters, and preceded in death by brothers Raymond, Don, and Wallace Peters, and sisters Lucene Vesper and Gloria Merkel. Further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Dale enjoyed a variety of passions in life including vacations with family and friends, his grandchildren, woodworking, reading and writing, painting, poker and crossword puzzles. When he was 18 he set out with three buddies in a '37 chevy, and traveled the existing 48 states in a little over 5 weeks. He then served his country as a Staff Sergeant for the U.S. Army from 1951-1954 during the Korean conflict, and received the Bronze Star medal for bravery. When he returned from war, he got married and moved to Indiana where he attended Indiana Institute of Technology, receiving a BS degree in mechanical engineering in 1958.
Married and with two children, the family moved to Seattle, WA, where Dale was employed by Boeing working on B-52 and B-70 military aircraft. His third child was born here. Dale's career took him to Southern CA in 1960, and to Northern CA in 1965 where he worked in various fields, but ultimately ended up working for several wineries, including E & J Gallo and Paul Masson. His fourth child was born here, and he loved spending time at the family cabin in Tahoe that he built in 1973. Dale moved to Modesto in 1976, and retired from Hershey Co. in 1995.
He will be remembered as an intelligent and caring man, with an easy sense of humor and nature, along with an expansive imagination. He touched the world in a positive light in many ways. He smiled often...
Family and friends will celebrate a life well lived with a memorial service on Sunday, July 27, 1:30 pm at Geneva Presbyterian Church. (address below)
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: Geneva Presbyterian Church, 1220 East Fairmont Ave., Modesto, CA 95350 (www.GenevaPC.org) and/or Community Hospice Inc., 4368 Spyres Way, Modesto, CA 95356 (www.hospiceheart.org)
Published in the Modesto Bee on July 20, 2014