Donald P. Peters, 93


Donald P. Peters, 93, of Slinger, passed away Nov. 22, 2012, at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Don was born on Sept. 13, 1919, in Antigo, to Charles and Ina (nee Langlois) Peters. He enlisted in the Army/Air Corps in September 1940 and served in the 1880th Engineering Battalion constructing roads and airstrips in China, Burma, and India until 1945. He returned home and attended MSOE where he received his Master Plumbers license. He then opened Peters & Paulson with his lifelong friend and business partner Ray Paulson.

He was united in marriage to his wife Marilyn Holtan on June 13, 1953. Together they had five children, 10 grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

Don is survived by children Allyson (Mike) Duwe of Land O Lakes, Mark (Cindy) Peters of Appleton, Bruce (Patty) Peters of Slinger, Julie Wethered of Slinger, and Leslie (Johny) Essers of Union Grove; cherished grandchildren Kari, Mike, Greg, Steve, Kyle, Josh, Joe, Bryan, Logan and Ryan; seven great-grandchildren; his beloved niece Constance Maxom of Daphne, Ala.; and many other nieces and nephews.

Don is preceded in death by his beloved wife Marilyn, his parents, brothers Eugene and Tom, and his sister Ora.

His honesty, generosity and dedication will be greatly missed by all the lives that he has touched. Even after his official retirement at the age of 80, he continued to offer assistance to anyone that asked. He was an avid member of the REO Club of America, had a special connection with animals and could engineer a way out of any problem that may occur. His grandsons have remarked that he is leaving behind shoes that are impossible to fill.

A private service will be held at the family home. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Honor Flight for World War II veterans, the Slinger Food Pantry, Gentiva Hospice or the charity of your choice.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Gentiva Hospice, without whom it would not have been possible to fulfill Dons wish to remain in his home.