William John "Bill" Peters died peacefully on Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, in Fort Collins, Colo., with family members by his side. Funeral: 1:30 p.m. Thursday in Greenwood Funeral Home Chapel, Fort Worth. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Greenwood Funeral Home. Memorials: The family requests memorial contributions be directed to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kan. 66675. Born in Wadena, Minn., on Oct. 28, 1922, he led a life filled with adventure and smiles for all. Bill overcame polio as a child and never let its effects hamper his goals. Bill enlisted in the Army
Air Corps in 1942 while a student at the University of Minnesota
and served as a first lieutenant in the 326th Bomb Squadron, 92nd Bomb Group, in the European theater. Piloting a B-17 Flying Fortress, he successfully completed 35 bombing missions over Germany and German-occupied territories in 1944-1945. Returning stateside on "R&R," he met his future wife, Shirley. Bill and Shirley were married on April 7, 1946, in Los Angeles, Calif. Soon after, they moved to Minnesota for Bill to complete his degree in aeronautical engineering and upon Bill's graduation moved to Texas. Bill worked for General Dynamics (Lockheed Martin) in Fort Worth for 39 years as an aeronautical engineer on planes such as the F-111 and F-16. Bill and Shirley raised three sons in Fort Worth and filled their lives to the brim with exciting adventures and sharing stories of his life's experiences while camping, skiing, and sailing. Bill always drove his car on all his vacations because in his words, "I've flown enough for a few lifetimes." Bill was preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, Shirley. Survivors: His three sons and their wives, Pete and Marita of Nashville Tenn., Doug and Karen of Williams, Ariz., and Robert and Leigh Ann of Fort Collins, Colo.; three nephews; three nieces; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and many friends across the country. He will be especially missed by his good friends, Bill Marcum and Mildred Hogan; and his longtime friends at Richland Hills Methodist Church.