Douglas Peters

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Douglas H. Peters, 84, of Belleville, IL, born August 12, 1937, in Wahoo, NE, passed Friday, February 18, 2022.

Mr. Peters was a U.S. Army veteran and served most of that time stationed in Germany.  He worked for American General Finance Company and retired after 35 years of service. After retirement, he worked an additional 18 years as a school bus driver for Mascoutah School District 19.  He was an active member of St. Matthew United Methodist Church, Belleville, IL. Doug was a very active member of the Swansea / Belleville Lions Club, former president and former eye glass chairman.  In his spare time, Doug enjoyed reading, sketching, painting and spending time with his family.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 55 years, Marlene I., nee Wuebbels, Peters, whom he married on July 11, 1964, and who died on April 1, 2020; his parents, Hubert and Neva, nee Barden, Peters; a sister, Virginia Anderson; sisters-in-law, Sharon Peters, Pat Wuebbels and Olive Wuebbels; and five brothers-in-law, Joseph Wuebbels, Robert Wuebbels, Jim Anderson, Marion Freed and Ronald Priest.

Surviving are his two sons, Michael (Eileen) and Jeffrey (Kristin) Peters; and four grandchildren, Brendan, Claire, Ashley and Evan Peters.  He is also survived by his siblings, Connie Freed and twin brother David Peters, sisters-in-law, Shirley Priest and Lorraine Wuebbels; brother-in-law, Dennis (Nancy) Wuebbels; and many wonderful nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to St. Matthew United Methodist Church.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, February 27, 2022, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, February 28, 2022, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Burial will be at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO.


13 Comments on Douglas Peters

Barney Rodawald said : Guest Report Feb 28, 2022 at 9:25 PM

Michael and Jeff, I’m so saddened to hear about the loss of your Dad. Doug hired me at GFC in Collinsville in 1983 giving me the chance that launched my career. He taught me so much about the finance business and about being a good Manager. He was always there to answer questions I had and when I got promoted to District Manager he was so happy. I was lucky to have such a great mentor. You are all in my prayers.

  • Cape Coral
  • Florida
Steven Anderson said : Guest Report Feb 27, 2022 at 9:08 PM

In my earliest memories, he and his brother were larger than life. Time moves on, but the memories are still there. My condolences for your loss.

  • Lincoln
  • Nebraska
Brendan Peters said : Guest Report Feb 27, 2022 at 12:35 PM

My grandfather was the greatest man I ever knew. He was so giving, he shared everything he had with me; his knowledge, his creativity, his love for history, his morning cup of grape juice, the newspaper comics, his jokes, his Vespa. Everything he had, he was willing to give up for me. He taught me how to drive, he taught me how to draw, everything I know stems from him in some way. He embodied the qualities that make a great man; strength, honor and loyalty, a desire to learn and share, and the ability to love so much. Growing up and having my grandpa and grandma there for me the whole time was a blessing that will be held so near and dear to my heart for the rest of my life. They made things so much better, and I will miss them both so much.

  • Park Ridge
  • IL
The Tanguay's: Steve, Maggie & Matthew said : Guest Report Feb 26, 2022 at 2:41 PM

To the entire Peter's family, We are mourning your loss as both Doug and Marlene touched so many hearts. Praying you will find the strength and peace within their cherished memories and gifts of wisdom.

  • Chicago
  • Illinois
Thomas J Coffey said : Guest Report Feb 25, 2022 at 12:38 PM

So sorry to hear about the loss of Doug. He was a great man. God bless him.

  • Chicago
  • IL
Jennifer (Giglotto) Houk said : Guest Report Feb 25, 2022 at 9:19 AM

I worked for Doug in the mid 90s at American General. He taught me a lot, I was young and just starting my career in finance. He was a great man and loved his family. I am sorry for your loss.

  • Highland
  • IL
Terrabis Family said : Guest Report Feb 25, 2022 at 9:19 AM

Michael, on behalf of everyone at Terrabis please accept our heartfelt sympathy on the loss of your father. May the memories of your dad provide comfort to you and your family. Blessings, Your Terrabis Family

  • Fairview Heights
  • IL
Mike Kearns said : Guest Report Feb 25, 2022 at 8:13 AM

I'll miss you Doug. A good guy who I have known for over 50 years. God bless you.

  • St Marys
  • Ga
Curtis Freed said : Guest Report Feb 25, 2022 at 7:02 AM

Uncle Doug had a kind, compassionate heart. He will be greatly missed by family and friends alike.

  • Spring Lake
  • MI
Del Brashares said : Guest Report Feb 24, 2022 at 7:26 PM

Lost touch with Doug and Marlene during our Covid-19 dilemma. Always enjoyed seeing both during our Sunday School class and chatting for a few moments here and here. Yet another St. Matthew treasure has gone home.

  • O'Fallon
  • Illinois
Dennis Edwards said : Guest Report Feb 24, 2022 at 12:06 PM

Very sad to hear this news. Doug was my next door neighbor for 33 years. He was also my friend. Can’t believe I won’t be waving to him as he drives by anymore or exchanging pleasantries as he returned from a walk. I will miss him.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Robert Souders said : Guest Report Feb 24, 2022 at 9:28 AM

Doug Peters and his family were faithful member of St. Matthew Methodist Church and quite involved in its growth. They were servants of the Lord and such great friends. Our prayers for his family. Pastor Souders

  • Casetvukke
  • Il
Bonnie Runner said : Guest Report Feb 23, 2022 at 8:17 PM

My heart aches at the death of Doug, so soon after the loss of wife Marlene. They were such good friends and we will miss them all tremendously. God bless the rest of the family. know that you’re parents were well thought of and will be Missed. God bless

  • Ofallon
  • Il

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