Devoted husband, father, coach, and retired teacher, Gordon Peters, 81, of Keokuk, passed away on April 20, 2017, at River Hills Village in Keokuk after a 2 year battle with leukemia.
Gordie was born May 6, 1935, in Waterloo, Iowa, the son of Clarence William and Alethea Eveline Richards Peters. He was united in marriage to Rose Marie Dalton on July 7, 1961, at Grace Lutheran Church in Waterloo, Iowa. She survives.
Gordie and Rose moved to Keokuk area in 1970. He was a school teacher and coach for Coulterville School District in Coulterville, Illinois, Pinckneyville School District in Pinckneyville, Illinois and Keokuk School District in Keokuk, Iowa. He retired in 1998 after 37 years of teaching. He also served in the United States Army. He was member at Deer Run Golf Course in Hamilton. He loved watching the area school sports, coffee with friends, golf, teaching, coaching and watching his kids and grandkids play sports, even if it meant getting hit by some line drives at times. His pride and joy were his grandchildren.
Gordie is survived by his wife of 55 years of marriage, Rose Peters of Keokuk, Iowa; his son Jay Peters and girlfriend Brenda Hall of Keokuk, Iowa; his daughter Julie Fisher and husband Dan of Quincy, Illinois; four grandchildren Michael (Trista) Peters of Keokuk, Iowa, Amy Peters and fiancé Christopher Muller of Keokuk, Iowa, Kennedi Fisher of Quincy, IL, and Christopher (Ashley) Marshall of Norfolk, VA; one uncle Lloyd Loonan of Cedar Falls, Iowa; two brothers-in-law Robert (Carolyn) Dalton of Chatham, IL and Gary (Vickey) Dalton of Oak Tree, Texas; and cousins, LeeAnn (Norm) Armstrong of Round Lake, Minnesota, and Carol (Jeff) Dick of Cedar Falls, Iowa.
Gordie was preceded in death by his parents Clarence and Alethea Peters, grandparents George and Cecil Stevens, and Aunt Margaret Loonan.
Visitation will be after 4 PM Tuesday, April 25, 2017 with family meeting friends from 5 to 8 PM. A Celebration of his Life will be held at 11 AM on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at DeJong-Greaves Celebration of Life Centers at 917 Blondeau Street, with Pastor Rodney Underwood officiating. Burial with full military rites will follow at Keokuk National Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to American Legion or Deer Run Golf Course.
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. After receiving the funeral program of Aletha, Gordon has been on my mind. I just googled his name and found that he had passed away. Although I haven't seen him since my father's funeral, about 10 years ago, Gordon has always been a special person and role model in my life. My best wishes to your family.
We want to extend our most sincere sympathy to Gordons' entire family, especially Rose. Jay and Julie.
May the Lord be with you.
Rose, Nadean and I are so sorry for your loss. We know God is with you and feels your sorrow. Gordon was a great person. We hope
you are doing well. May you gain strength from friends and family. You were a fantastic secretary. Sorry we were unable to attend the visitation or funeral.
Rose, Jay, Julie and Family, we are out of town, but wanted to send our deepest sympathy to you all. Gordie was a great friend, and teacher to all of our children. He always had time to listen to them, and patiently and calmly answered all questions. He was an excellent role model for students and staff at the high school. With a wonderful sense of humor, and a ready smile, love for family and community, he was a special man who will be greatly missed.
So sorry to hear of Mr Peters passing. He taught a generation of Keokuk kids how to drive. I remember he was always calm during driving lessons
My dear Rose, Jay, Julie & families, So sorry I was unable to attend the services for Gordon. He was such a great guy as you all know. Please accept my sincere sympathy & prayers. He will be missed!
Sending our deepest sympathy. Gordon was a neighbor in rural Hudson. He used to ride his horse to the Wilson's and give JoAnn, Jerry, and Jim rides. He visited our mother when she was in the nursing home and we appreciated that. Take care.
Teacher, Coach and Friend - you will be missed! Eric Larson, Juan Mitchell, Deon Robbins and Matt Morgan: Keokuk Chiefs 1986
So sorry to hear of Mr. Peters passing. He was my drivers education teacher in the summer of 73. He was always so nice and a great teacher. Have good
memories of him like a lot of other students. He was a favorite. My sympathy goes out to his family.
We extend sympathy to Gordon's family. Bob and Carole Sergeant from Hudson, Iowa
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