Thomas William Peters, age 71, of Avilla, died Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at home. Tom was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana on July 15, 1949 and raised in Dayton, Ohio by his adoptive parents Kelso and Ruth Ann (Wright) Peters. He graduated from Stivers High School in Dayton, Ohio in 1967. He entered in the United States Army where he honorably served his country during the Vietnam War and Iraqi Freedom. He attained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel before retiring from the Army after 28 years of service. He married Eve Ann Seibel on October 8, 1994 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Avilla. Tom was employed as a civilian government logistics coordinator as well as the Budd Company in Kendallville and Busche in Albion. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Avilla and Knights of Columbus where he was a 4th degree Knight and veterans affairs state officer.
Wife, Eve Peters of Avilla.
Son, Scott and Fiona Peters of Crystal Lake, Illinois.
Daughter, Leslie Peters of Del Rio, Texas.
Daughter, Carol and Jeremy Von Behren of Chicago, Illinois.
Son, Aaron and Erin Peters of Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
Son, Sean and Candice Peters of Columbia City, Indiana.
Son, Michael Peters of Avilla.
Daughter, Kathleen Peters of Avilla.
Six grandchildren: Ian Peters and Madeline Peters; Dalen (Mariana) Peters and Mason Peters; Luke Peters and Ella Peters.
Sister, Joyce Andrews
Sister, Judy Turner of Cleveland, Ohio.
Sister, Loretta Johnson of St. Paris, Ohio.
Brother, Mike Johnson of Columbus, Ohio.
Brother, Billy Kauffman of Texas.
He was preceded in death by his parents; baby son, Matthew Paul Peters in 1999; brothers, Butch and Bobby.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, June 1, 2021 from 4:00 – 8:00 PM at Hite Funeral Home in Kendallville with a Rosary Service at 7:00 PM.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, June 2, 2021 at 11:00 AM at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Avilla with visitation an hour prior to the mass.
Burial with military honors will follow at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Avilla.
Casket bearers will be his four sons, Scott, Aaron, Sean and Michael and grandsons, Dalen and Mason.
Memorial donations may be made to the Peter’s family.
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