John P. Peters 1920 - 2011 Lawrence
Military graveside services for John P. Peters, 90, Lawrence will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lawrence.
He died Friday, Sept. 16, 2011, at Pioneer Ridge Retirement Community in Lawrence.
He was born on Dec. 19, 1920, in Liberty, Mo., the son of John Fredrick and Ruth Elma Watkins Peters.
He served his country during World War II in the U.S. Navy as a Lieutenant Senior Grade, serving in the Mediterranean Theater.
He was a banker for Lawrence National Bank for 30 years and then at Farmer’s National Bank in Osborne. He retired in 1987.
Mr. Peters was a member of the American Legion Post 14. He was also a 32nd degree mason with the Scottish Rite and a member of the Masonic Blue Lodge No. 6. While attending Kansas University of Kansas, he was a member of the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity. He was a member of the First Christian Church for many years. Mr. Peters was a member of the Chamber of Commerce Ambassador’s Club, where he earned both gold and blue blazers. He also served on the Red Cross Board. He was president and state of Kansas director for the Kansas City Chapter BAI. He was on the board of the Kansas Bible Chair, and was president of the Douglas County Bankers Association, where he was twice honored as Key Banker of Douglas County. He was a volunteer for the Lawrence Hospital Auxiliary for five years. He was appointed to the Lawrence Library Board, where he served as president for one year.
He married Katherine House in May 1948, and she died in June 1959. He later married Lila R. Bond on Sept. 30, 1961, in Lawrence. She survives of the home.
Other survivors include three sons, John William, of Gig Harbor, Wash., Stephen Robert, of Denver, and Michael Warren, Colorado Springs, Colo.; one daughter, Barbara Sylvester of Manhattan; one sister, Ruth Gilliland, of Hutchinson; and eight grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son, Gregory Allen, in June 1955.
The family will receive friends from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Sunday at the mortuary.
The family suggests memorials to the American Red Cross or Douglas County Visiting Nurses, Rehabilitation and Hospice Care, sent in care of the mortuary, 120 W. 13th St., Lawrence, KS 66044.
Online condolences may be sent to www.warrenmcelwain.com.