|Clarence Peters, 87|
|Written by TRF Times|
Thief River Falls - Clarence Peters, 87, died on Sunday, Dec.11, 2011 at Valley Home in Thief River Falls.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 16, at Faith Lutheran Church in Goodridge, with Rev. Bob Dahlen officiating. Casket bearers include Clarence’s grandsons. Honorary casket bearers include Clarence’s granddaughters. Interment will follow at Jerusalem Cemetery, Moylan Township, Marshall County.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m., with a prayer service at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 15 at Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls. Visitation will also be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Friday at the church.
Clarence August Peters was born Aug. 9, 1924 in Gettysburg, S.D., the son of William and Josephine (Lodes) Peters. In 1934, the family moved to Moylan Township, Marshall County and settled on a farm near Ditch 20. He was confirmed on March 30, 1947 in Bethel Lutheran Church in Grygla, by Pastor Uhlig.
Clarence attended country school in Moylan Township and also attended school in Goodridge. When Clarence was 9 years old, his dad, William died.
Clarence had a passion for farming. At an early age, he worked in the potato fields in North Dakota and continued farming throughout his life. Clarence was united in marriage to Ruth Augusta Zinter on May 18, 1946 in Mavie. The couple lived and farmed in Moylan Township; they had beef and dairy cattle, hogs and poultry, and raised small grains.
Clarence enjoyed goose hunting, fishing, working with horses, square dancing and gardening; and in his later years he especially enjoyed driving around in his golf cart, socializing, and playing cards and games with his friends and family. In his community, Clarence was one who people came to rely on.
Clarence was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Goodridge where he served on the church council and building committee; was a charter member of the Goodridge Lions Club; served on the Moylan Township Board; and served on the Goodridge Creamery Board.
Survivors include four children, Edythe “Edy” (Dick) Vavrichek of Rogers, Marvin Peters of Goodridge, Galen (Jodi) Peters of Goodridge, and Karen (Arnold) Njaa of Wannaska; grandchildren, Michelle Vavrichek, Daryl (Becky) Vavrichek, Jason (Allison) Kangas, Wendy (special friend, Joe Nowak) Kangas, LaRae Kangas, Nathan, Chrisopher and Chelsey Peters, Zach, Josh and Dusty Njaa; great-grandchildren, Luke, Luaryn, and Caitlyn Shomion, Makenna and Bennett Vavrichek, Cooper and Charlie Kangas; brother, Vernon (Ronnie) Peters of Westlinn, Ore.; sisters-in-law, Evalyn Peters and Martha Peters; and several nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth, on Sept. 26, 2006; his parents; brothers, William “Bill” and Ray; sisters, Adeline (Arne) Nelson, Arneida (Milton) Mathieu, Wilma (Russell) South, Sylvia (Dwight) Meyer, and Sybilla Peters.
Family condolences may be sent to www.johnsonfuneralservice.com.