PETERS, Lt. Col. Robert M. Sr., (USAF Ret.), of Pataskala, passed away December 7, 2013. He was born August 1, 1917 to Charles John and Helen Pauline (McCloud) Peters in Cleveland, Ohio.
He is survived by son Robert (Meneva) Peters, Jr., grandchildren Jean, Deborah, Robert Peters III, great-grandchildren Troy (Leigha) Gromley and Meneva Ann Hoffman, daughter-in-law Dorothea Jahne Peters, cousin and best friend Charles Martin Wesley, several other cousins, nieces and nephews.
Robert was a veteran of World War II. He taught at Linsly Military Institute in Wheeling, WV for seventeen years. He retired from the Air Force Reserves in 1977 and from teaching in 1979.
Robert was raised a Master Mason in 1946 in Weyer Lodge in Belmont County. He remained a member there for 67 years. He held positions of leadership in various Masonic organizations including White Shrine, Baya Grotto, Bahia Shrine, York Rite and the Ohio Eastern Star.
He said one day, "I never thought I would live to see 96 years, nor live to see a century of history."
His family will receive friends on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 from 5-7 p.m. at the Hoskinson Funeral and Cremation Service, 285 E. Main St. in Kirkersville, where Masonic Services will follow at 6:45 p.m. and Funeral Services celebrating his amazing life will follow at 7 p.m. Burial with full military honors will follow on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 1 p.m. in Union Cemetery, St. Clairsville, where he will be laid to rest next to his beloved Olive.
Memorials in his memory may be directed to Pataskala Lodge 404 F and AM, PO Box 404, Pataskala, Ohio 43062.
Hoskinson Funeral and Cremation Service, Kirkersville, is honored to care for the Peters family.