Kenneth Gustav Peters, 89, died Tuesday, April 28, at Avera St. Benedict Hospital in Parkston. Funeral service will be Saturday, May 2, at 10:30 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Delmont. Visitation will be Friday, May 1, from 5 to 7 pm with a 7 p.m. prayer service at Zion Lutheran Church in Delmont. Arrangements by Koehn Bros. Funeral Home in Parkston.
Kenneth Gustav Peters was born October 10, 1925 to Gustav and Lena (Gremmert) Peters in Delmont, SD. He attended school at Delmont until he was 12 years of age at which time he moved to Tama, IA where he lived with his uncle Jack and aunt Esther. While living in Tama, he attended school and worked with Jack to learn the trade of fixing and selling shoes. At the age of 17 and with his father’s consent, Kenneth joined the United States Navy during World War II and served as a tail gunner. During his time in the navy and part of the crew of the “Outlaw”, he flew numerous bombing missions over Japan, taking out 26 Japanese ships and surviving a massive anti-aircraft barrage that filled their aircraft with over 200 holes. After his honorable discharge, Kenneth moved back to Delmont where he was employed by the Chicago-Milwaukee Railroad as a depot agent as well as working with his dad hauling gravel. It was during this time he met his future bride, Evelyn Brown. They were united in marriage on August 20, 1949 at Zion Lutheran Church in Delmont. In 1952, they purchased K & D Grocery and operated the business until 1957 when they moved to the Ziegler Family farm. In 1966, Kenneth ran for Douglas County Treasurer and held that office until retiring in 2000. He was an avid hunter, especially deer hunting in the Black Hills and West River. He was a lifetime member of Zion Lutheran Church in Delmont, was a 70 year member of the Liab-Albrecht Post 249 American Legion, enjoyed being a member of a local bowling league, and was a “handy man” to have around. He was a loving father and grandfather and would do whatever possible to make sure his family was safe and cared for. Kenneth went to his heavenly home on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at Avera St. Benedict Hospital in Parkston, SD at the age of 89.
Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Evelyn of Delmont; five children: Samuel Peters of Delmont; Mike (Sheryl) Peters of Alcester, SD; David (Karen) Peters of Manteca, CA; Debra (Tom) Goehring of Delmont; and Lori Peters of Parkston; 14 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; two brothers: Billy Peters of Jerome, Idaho and Dennis Peters of San Jose, CA; and two sisters: Marjean Uecker of Manteca and NaVonne Bovino of Manteca.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two grandchildren, Taylor and Angela Peters; a daughter-in-law, Mary; four brothers, Wallace, Dale, Donald and Raymond; and two sisters, Lucene and Gloria.
Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Thursday, April 30, 2015