Frederick Charles Walter Peters, Sr., 78, of Hendersonville, entered Godís loving arms Wednesday, July 27, 2011 at Hendersonville Health and Rehabilitation. He was born January 20, 1933 in Milwaukee, WI to the late Romeo Peters and Genevieve Barthel Peters Retzlaff. He graduated from Oconomowoc High School in 1951. He then joined the Navy and completed his duty with the Great Lakes Region in 1954. Upon his return to Milwaukee, he met and married his first and only true love, the late Florence Robinson Peters.
Fred moved his family from Wisconsin to Hendersonville in the spring of 1958 where he loved and enjoyed the beauty and nature of the mountains. He worked for several businesses throughout his forty-plus years as a bookkeeper/accountant, as well as managing taxes and monthly books for small business clients on the side. In his final years, he was actively involved with his local church until his illnesses. He retired in 1998 due to the on-set of dementia and other geriatric afflictions.
Survivors include a son, Freddie Peters, Jr. and his wife Pam of Hendersonville; three daughters, Crystal Manka and her husband Bill of Pewaukee, WI, Vernile Owen of East Flat Rock, Lucinda Whitaker of Hendersonville; eight grandchildren, Josh Manka and his wife Tonia of Kansasville, WI, Jeremy Manka and his wife Val of Waukesha, WI, Eric Peters of Hendersonville, Alycia Hamilton and her husband Rodney of Penrose, Jonathan, Justin, and Cassie Owen of East Flat Rock, and Megan Whitaker and her fiancÈ Ray Ford of Hendersonville; three sisters, Etta Birch of Ocala, FL, Carolann Manka and her husband Tony, and Lenora Mutter and her husband Paul, all of Hendersonville; three step-great grandchildren in Wisconsin; other family in-laws, a number of nieces and nephews, and friends.
A funeral will be at 11:00 am Saturday, July 30, 2011, in the Forest Lawn Funeral Home Chapel with Preacher Buddy Mullinax officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 10 to 11am prior to the service in the chapel. Military honors will be conducted by Hubert M. Smith American Legion Post #77, Hedrick-Rhodes VFW Post # 5206, and DAV Chapter 14. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Citizens Bank, c/o Vernile Owen, 1004 Spartanburg Hwy. Hendersonville, NC 28792.