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Elmer L. Peters

February 19, 2018

Elmer L. Peters, age 98, of Rembrandt, Iowa, died on Monday, February 19, 2018, at the Longhouse Residence-Northshire in Spencer, Iowa.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at the Sioux Rapids American Legion Community Center in Sioux Rapids. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service at the Community Center. Interment will be in the Lone Tree Cemetery.

Elmer L. Peters, the son of John and Marie (Schmidt) Peters was born at Anthon, Iowa on September 7, 1919.  He lived his youth and received in education in the Anthon vicinity.  In the late 1930’s, Elmer moved to Rembrandt where he helped the Eastman family with their farming.

On December 20, 1940, Elmer was united in marriage to Bernice Stange at Sioux City, Iowa and this couple was blessed with four children: Donna, Robert, Ronald and Roger.  Following their marriage, Elmer and Bernice lived on a farm near Rembrandt where Elmer was engaged in farming and Bernice was a homemaker and assisted him with the farming operation.  In 1969, they moved to Minnesota where they continued farming. The couple relocated to Spirit Lake, Iowa in the late 1970’s and resided there until retiring to Rembrandt in 1984.  Upon their return to Rembrandt, Elmer worked for the city of Rembrandt and took pride in caring for the community ballpark and city park.  He and Bernice rarely missed any of the ball games in Rembrandt. 

When they first lived in Rembrandt after their marriage, they were members of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church.  Following their return to Rembrandt in 1984, they were affiliated with the United Methodist Church.  Elmer will be remembered as a man who could fix anything and enjoyed “tinkering” in his shop.     Elmer and Bernice always looked forward to the Tuesday Dinner Date in Sioux Rapids where they could fellowship and play cards with their friends.  The couple also spent their winter months in McAllen, Texas where they made many lifelong friends.

Elmer’s life is cherished and celebrated by her family which include his children: Donna (Maynard) Patten of Webb, Iowa, Robert (Connie) Peters of Sioux Rapids, Iowa, Ronald (Coelet) Peters of Rembrandt, Iowa and Roger (Barb) Peters of Rembrandt, Iowa, 11 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren, other extended family and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Bernice; and 4 sisters.

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