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American Lung Association
Life Story / Obituary
Thomas R. Peters, aka “Pete” and “Bigfoot”, age 86, passed away Friday, January 25, 2019 at Ascension All Saints Medical Center. He was born in Racine, June 6, 1932, son of the late Anton and Verna (Nee: Lawler) Peters.
Following graduation from Washington Park High School “Class of 1951”, Thomas proudly served in the U.S Army. On February 13, 1954 he was united in marriage to Donna M. Brinkmann. They shared nearly sixty-five years together before Donna passed away September 18, 2018. Thomas was employed by the Racine Unified School District for thirty years, retiring in 1990. An avid football fan, he also enjoyed watching westerns and playing cribbage. More than anything he treasured time with his family, especially going to the movies with grandson, Brandon, eating ice cream with his granddaughter, Samantha and spending time with all of his grandchildren.
He will be dearly missed by his children, Martin Peters of Racine, Scott (Rayann) Peters of Racine, Jeff (Tracie) Peters of Waterford, Vicky (David) Danner of Racine; his six grandchildren, David Jr., Samantha (Jered), Brandon, James (Moriah), Aaron (Sabrina), Hannah (Jake); great-grandson Leonardo; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Bonnie (Roger) Gease of Rapid City, South Dakota, Daniel (Barbara) Brinkmann of Melbourne, FL, Robert (Jon) Brinkmann of The Villages, FL; many nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to his parents and wife, Tom was also preceded in death by his brother, Anton Peters; sisters, Jeanette (James) Haas, Cleo (Thomas) Brown.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 2, 2019, 11:00 am at the funeral home. Entombment with Full Military Honors will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Friday at the funeral home from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm and Saturday at the funeral home from 10:30 am until time of service at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the American Lung Association have been suggested.
The family extends a special thank you to John Brown for his unwavering daily support and to Dr. Joel Niebuhr and the Ascension Hospice nursing staff on the third floor for all their loving and compassionate care.