Obituary: John T. (Tommy) Peters
John T. (Tommy) Peters
John T. (Tommy) Peters, 86, of Quincy, went home to his Lord and Savior, and was reunited with the love of his life, Peggy, on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018. He died peacefully at home, surrounded by his children.
Tommy was born May 7, 1932, in Frederick, Okla., to A.J. and Levis Peters. He joined the Army in 1952 and was stationed at Port Orchard, Wash. In June 1953, he married Peggy Guthrie in Quincy. Once honorably discharged, in 1954, he and Peggy resided in the Columbia Basin area, moving from Quincy to Kansas in 1967 to begin his career with Hesston Corporation. Throughout his career with Hesston, each promotion moved him and his family. First, in 1968 to Great Falls, Mont., and then in 1974 to Dallas, Texas. In 1976, he left Hesston Corporation to begin farming with his father-in-law, Herman Guthrie, in Quincy, where he enjoyed 20 years of farming. After retirement he led an easy life, helping Grigg and Sons during their onion harvest.
Tommy was well known for his teasing. He loved giving his friends a bad time and had a nickname for everyone. He drank coffee twice a day, every day, with his coffee buddies at what he called, his “office.” His first “office” was the Turf, which became Paddy’s, then he moved it to A-1 Stop.
He is survived by: children Debra (Randy) Zolman, of Quincy, Denise (Keith) Stocks, of Phoenix, Ariz., and David (Bobbie Jo) Peters, of Ephrata; grandchildren Ryan (Jessica) Zolman, Raelynn (Matthew) Thorn, Craig Stocks, Jordyn (Jeremy) Martinez, Kyle Stocks, Rylee Peters, and Parks Peters; great-grandchildren Kayla Zolman, Krysta Thorn, Danielle Zolman, Emalynn Thorn, Jonah Martinez, and one on the way Martinez; siblings Mamie Brink, Frederick, Okla., and Jack Peters, Oklahoma City, Okla.; and by extended family, two sisters-in-law, one brother-in-law, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife Peggy of 44 years, his parents, one sister, his in-laws, one brother-in-law, and one sister-in-law.
A celebration of Tommy’s life was held on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018. He was laid to rest at the Quincy Valley Cemetery. Should friends desire, memorial contribution can be made to Autism Speaks, 6330 San Vicente Blvd., Suite 401, Los Angeles, CA, 90048.
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Scharbach’s Columbia Funeral Chapel is assisted the family with funeral arrangements.