Mr. Gerald William "Bill" Peters, age 80, of Madison, Indiana, formerly of Switzerland County, Indiana, entered this life on September 14, 1938, in Switzerland County, Indiana, the loving son of the late, Ernest and Magnolia "Maggie" (Whitham) Peters. He was raised in Switzerland County, Indiana and was a 1956 graduate of the Vevay High School. Bill was inducted into the United States Army on January 16, 1957, in Indianapolis, Indiana. He earned the Good Conduct Medal and the Sharpshooter Rifle Badge. Bill was honorably discharged with the rank of Specialist 4th Class on December 31, 1962 at Fort Sheridan, Illinois. Bill was united in marriage on December 30, 1961, in Rising Sun, Indiana, to Esther Louise Martin. Bill and Esther shared nearly 58 years of marriage together until his death. Bill was a former employee for Slawson Implements in Vevay, Indiana, for four years and for the Town of Vevay Electric Plant. He was formerly employed for the Jefferson Proving Ground gate in Madison, Indiana, from 1996 - 1999. Bill retired on October 1, 1996 from Cinergy PSI in Madison, Indiana, after 29 years of service. Bill resided in the Madison, Indiana community since December 1969. He was a member of the Jefferson Post #9 of the American Legion and the Fraternal Order of Police. He was a former member of the Madison VFW Post#1968. Bill was a member of the Plum Creek Baptist Church in Vevay, Indiana. Bill enjoyed hunting, especially rabbit hunting, and mowing his grass. Bill thoroughly enjoyed sitting in his front yard buying and selling items and striking up a conversation with the buyers. Bill will be deeply missed by his loving family and friends. Bill passed away at 3:42 p.m., Thursday, March 28, 2019, at the King's Daughters' Hospital in Madison, Indiana.
Bill will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Esther Louise (Martin) Peters of Madison, IN; his daughters, Deborah Kay Jackson and her husband, Randy of Dillsboro, IN and Barbara Jean Howe and her companion, Eric Dinwiddie of Bloomington, IN; his son, Arthur Dean Peters and his wife, Deborah of Madison, IN; his step-son, Clifford Jackson and his wife, Karen of Aurora, IN; his grandchildren, Michael Howe, Matthew Howe, Trevor Jackson, Justin Peters, Cody Jackson and William Jackson; his 3-great-grandchildren; his sister, Betty Drew and her husband, Dale of Hanover, IN; his brother, Terry Dean Peters and his wife, Pam of West Chester, OH; his sister-in-law, Pam Peters of Vevay, IN and his several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest Peters, died October 12, 1985 and Magnolia "Maggie" (Whitham) Peters, died March 4, 1998; his grandson, Travis Jackson, died April 27, 2005; his brothers, Norman Lee Peters, died May 16, 2011, Jerry Ernest Peters, died January 31, 2010 and Donald Ray Peters, died January 28, 2012.
Friends may call 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Monday, April 1, 2019, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.
Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday, April 2, 2019, at 11:00 a.m., by Pastor Jerry Wheeler, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.
Interment and full military rites will be conducted by the Honor Guard of the Jefferson Post #9 of the American Legion will follow in the Vevay Cemetery, Vevay, Indiana.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Jefferson Post #9 of the American Legion. Cards are available at the funeral home or online at www.haskellandmorrison.com
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