Elmer Peters

Elmer L. Peters, 98, of Rembrandt died on Monday, Feb. 19, 2018, at Longhouse Residence-Northshire in Spencer.

Memorial services will be held at a later date. Sliefert Funeral Home of Sioux Rapids is in charge of arrangements.

Elmer L. Peters, the son of John and Marie (Schmidt) Peters was born at Anthon on Sept. 7, 1919.  He lived his youth and received his education in the Anthon vicinity. In the late 1930s, Elmer moved to Rembrandt where he helped the Eastman family with their farming.

On Dec. 20, 1940, Elmer was united in marriage to Bernice Stange at Sioux City, and this couple was blessed with four children: Donna, Robert, Ronald and Roger. Following their marriage, Elmer and Bernice lived on a farm near Rembrandt where Elmer was engaged in farming and Bernice was a homemaker and assisted him with the farming operation. In 1969, they moved to Minnesota where they continued farming. The couple relocated to Spirit Lake in the late 1970s and resided there until retiring to Rembrandt in 1984. Upon their return to Rembrandt, Elmer worked for the city of Rembrandt and took pride in caring for the community ballpark and city park. He and Bernice rarely missed any of the ball games in Rembrandt. 

When they first lived in Rembrandt after their marriage, they were members of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church. Following their return to Rembrandt in 1984, they were affiliated with United Methodist Church.  Elmer will be remembered as a man who could fix anything and enjoyed “tinkering” in his shop. Elmer and Bernice always looked forward to Tuesday Dinner Date in Sioux Rapids where they could share fellowship and play cards with their friends.  The couple also spent their winter months in McAllen, Texas where they made many lifelong friends.

Elmer’s life is cherished and celebrated by his family which include his children: Donna (Maynard) Patten of Webb; Robert (Connie) Peters of Sioux Rapids; Ronald (Coelet) Peters of Rembrandt; and Roger (Barb) Peters of Rembrandt; 11 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren; other extended family and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Bernice; and four sisters.