Gerald B. Peters
Gerald B. (Jerry) Peters of Edmond passed from this life on October 11, 2020. Jerry was born on April 12, 1935 to Edward and Elda Peters of Talmage, Nebraska. He spent his youth in Talmage where he was raised on the family farm. Though farming would not become his profession, Jerry learned a strong work ethic there which he would carry to every endeavor in his life.
Jerry attended Talmage High School where he was active in choir, football, band (he often told stories about marching at halftime in his football uniform), and was named to the Nebraska All-State basketball team. After graduating in 1952, Jerry attended Midland College in Fremont, Nebraska. He would later graduate from Oklahoma City University.
In 1955, Jerry married Kay Pearson, also of Talmage, with whom he shared his beloved children and grandchildren. They moved to Oklahoma City in 1958, where Jerry lived for the remainder of his life.
Jerry worked for AT&T (formerly Western Electric) in Oklahoma City for 0ver 40 years. Through his profession, he was able to travel the world, including brief assignments in Taiwan and Indonesia. The highlight of Jerry’s professional career was a three-year project in Seoul, Korea, a city which he grew to love and where he was often playfully greeted in his neighborhood as the Mayor of Itaewon.
He joined St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in 1958 and remained a member for the rest of his life. Jerry’s love for his church and its members was deep and abiding. He sang in the choir for over 50 years, served on the church council, was a frequent handyman, and cheerfully gave of his time to fill any volunteer need that he could.
Jerry was known for his playful sense of humor and was beloved by many. The desire to serve was rooted deep in his heart and the thing that brought him the most joy. He just loved helping people.
He was a 25-year survivor of leukemia and was involved in a head-on car accident that inhibited his mobility for over half of his life. When faced with these challenges, Jerry never complained and lived a healthy life until the very end.
Jerry is survived by his brother Richard Peters of Lincoln, Nebraska with whom he shared a cherished bond. He is also survived by his three children – daughter, Julie Oliver and husband Charles, son, Scott Peters and wife Amy, and daughter, Shannon Fenner and husband Daniel; eight grandchildren – Christine and Cody Clay, Courtney, Jeremy, Kaylee and Alex Peters, and Jack and Madeline Fenner; and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Don Peters of Williamsburg, Virginia.
A private memorial service will be held in Oklahoma City with interment to follow in Talmage, Nebraska. The family suggests that memorials in Jerry’s name be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.