Thomas E. Peters

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PETERS, Col. Thomas E. USAR Ret. 91, of Dunedin, went to rest at home on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012. He was born July 13, 1921 in Effingham, IL. Col. Peters is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Evelyn A. (Niehaus) Peters of Teutopolis, IL; four children, Thomas E. Peters and wife, Lou of Dallas, TX, Nancy A. (Peters) Lynch and husband, Frank Lane of Charlottesville, VA, Michael F. Peters and wife, Joy of Murfreesboro, TN, Cheryl A. Peters and husband, Charles "Chip" Harris of Clearwater Beach; seven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; by his brother, William I. Peters of Effingham, IL; sister, Joan (Peters) Siebert of Penny Farms, FL and numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Predeceased in death by his parents, Thomas E and Gladys B. (Webb) Peters and brother, Calvin of Effingham, IL; sister, Louella (Peters) Jansen of Newton, IL. Col. Peters had a distinguished military career from 1940 until 1970. He began with the 106th Calvary (Blackhorse Troop) Regiment in 1940; attended Officer Candidate School (OCS) and was assigned to the U.S. Army Ordnance Corps. He served in three wartime assignments beginning in the Pacific Theater in Hawaii and Guam during WWII, the Korean War and the Vietnam Conflict (MACV). He was stationed in various places in the U.S. and Europe: Fifth U.S. Army Headquarters in Chicago, IL (USAREUR) ordnance depot operations in Poitiers and Verdun, France; Continental Army Command in Ft. Monroe, VA. His final assignment was to the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Data Processing Center, located at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. Col. Peters retired in 1970 having been decorated with numerous distinguished awards including the Legion of Merit, The Joint Service Commendation Medal and designates as U.S. Army Logistician. During his lifetime he also served as Asst. Professor in Military Science and Tactics at the University of Illinois. He was General Manager of Brackett Oldsmobile/Cadilliac in Effingham, IL and was the first Commanding Officer of the Effingham National Guard Company. He also was a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus. In 1978, they relocated to Dunedin where he became active in local community service as Treasurer for the Clearwater Chapter of the Military Officers Assoc. of America (MOAA); member of the Dunedin Historical Society and Emeritus with the Edgewater Advisory Committee. He was known for his friendly smile and demeanor and always willing to extend a helping hand. The family would like to extend special thanks to our doctors and all our caregivers over the past few years and the Red Team staff of Suncoast Hospice for their care and support. Col. Peters will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery at a future date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Suncoast Hospice, 5771 Roosevelt Blvd., Clearwater, FL 33760 or the (www.alzfdn.org) www.NationalCremation.com

Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Jan. 20, 2013
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