Richard O. Peters, 84, of Springfield passed away Friday, January 25, 2013, at Memorial Medical Center.
He was born on July 23, 1928, in Peoria, Illinois to Paul and Marie Weber Peters. He married Shirley Grider Peters and they divorced. Later he married Hope Lockwood Peters and she preceded him in death. On April 17, 2004, he married Annie Laurie Veatch Peters, and she preceded him in death on December 8, 2012. He was also preceded in death by his sister Ruth (Gene) Werner.
Richard moved to Springfield in 1931 where he graduated from Feitshans High School. He was a veteran of the Korean War and was awarded the United Nations Service Medal and the Korean Service Medal with three Bronze Stars. After his service in the Korean War, he graduated from the Southern Illinois University School of Banking and was employed by First National Bank, retiring in 1992.
Richard loved cars, airplanes, and boats. He built several kit cars and showed those and many other cars that he owned throughout his lifetime. He was a charter member of the Greater St. Louis Kit Car Club and a member of the Route 66 Cool Cruisers Club. Richard earned his pilot’s license before he was old enough to drive a car. He enjoyed flying his family on many memorable vacations. He was a member and past treasurer of the Flying 20 Club, and the past president of the Slip and Skid Club. He also was an avid boater, taking his family on many boat trips on the Illinois River. He was a lifetime member of the Springfield Motor Boat Club. He is a member of First United Methodist Church.
Richard is survived by his six daughters, Debbie (Rich) Twardowski of Hickory Hills, IL, Cindy (John) Bounds, Linda (Tom) Oseland, Peggy (Wally) Power, all of Riverton, IL, Lisa (Shawn) McGee of Littleton, CO, Tammy (Doug) Sims of Athens, IL, as well as several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He is also survived by his step-children, Robin (Craig) Hill of Rockville, MD, Jeffrey (Kamella) Stebbins of Panama Beach, FL, Ralph (Becky) Stebbins of Hendersonville, TN, Catherine Thompson of Tulsa, OK, and William Stebbins of Clermont, FL, along with many step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.
Visitation: 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, January 28 at Staab Funeral Home, 1109 South Fifth Street, Springfield.
Funeral Service: 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 29 at Staab Funeral Home, 1109 South Fifth Street, Springfield. Interment will follow at Camp Butler National Cemetery.
Memorial contributions can be made to Charlie Wells Memorial Aviation Scholarship, 3016 South Woodward Street, Springfield, IL 62703-4202 or the Cool Cruisers Car Club, 3149 South Third Street, Springfield, IL 62703.