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Fred Peters

F. Walter “Pete” Peters, 91, of Belleville, IL, born July 16, 1925, died Friday, April 28, 2017, at Heritage Health Care in Springfield, IL.

Mr. Peters was the owner and operator of Peters Shoe Store and Repair in Belleville, before his retirement.  He was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Freeburg, IL. Mr. Peters was a 50-year life member of St. Clair Masonic Lodge #24 A.F. & A.M. and life member of the Scottish Rite Masonic Bodies of Southern Illinois, the Ainad Shrine Temple of East St. Louis, and Freeburg Chapter #542 order of the Eastern Star.  He was also a member of the “Jesters” and Ainad Drum and Bugle Corps. Mr. Peters was a former member of the Belleville Jaycees, the Belleville Rotary Club, the Belleville Toastmasters, and the Belleville High Twelve Club.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Arline, nee Buechler, Peters; second wife, Phyllis, nee Smith, Peters; and a third wife, Delores S., nee Siebenberger, Peters; a daughter, Lorenda L. Peters; his parents, Fred W. and Emma, nee Eckkoff, Peters; a brother, Warren Peters; a sister, Wilma Svien; and a companion of 15 years, Betty Staub.

Surviving are his two sons, Fred W. (Susan) Peters of Shalimar, FL,
and Bradley Peters of Russelville, AK;
two daughters, Sandra (Stuart) McMillian of Rochester, IL,    
    and Janet L. White of Tampa, FL;
five grandchildren, Jonathan Peters, Kristine Arlington,
    J. Michael McMillian, Nathan Weik,
    and Sarah Schlotterbach;
two great-grandchildren, Spencer Peters,
and Koen McMillian; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children or to the Hoyelton Children’s Home. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 9, 2017, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL. A Masonic Ritual will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Funeral:  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 10 2017, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with the Rev. Hugh Fitz officiating.

Burial will be at Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, IL.   

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