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Joseph F Peter

March 8, 1920 July 21, 2015
Joseph F Peter
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Joseph F. Peter, 95, of Mount Carmel, IL, passed away Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at Oakview Heights Continuous Care & Rehab. He was born March 8, 1920 in Wabash County IL, the son of Joseph and Gertrude (Keepes) Peter. He married Louise Steckler November 24, 1942 at Saint Marys Catholic Church in Mount Carmel, IL. Joe and Louise enjoyed seventy two years of marriage. A devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather, he was the pillar of his family. Joe was a man who always had a sparkle in his eye and a firm hand shake. Joe proudly served his Country in the United States Army. He was a decorated World War II Veteran, stationed in Italy. Prior to World War II, Joe was a golden glove boxer. Joe was interested in ancestry and genealogy, tracing his family heritage to Germany. During his work career he was co-owner of Peter & Kieffer Motor Sales and owner and operator of 3rd Street Laundromat. Joe also worked at Snap on Tools. He was a member of Saint Marys Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, American Legion Post # 423, lifetime member of the VFW, Fraternal Order of the Eagles and the Moose. Among Joes hobbies, he was an avid hunter, expert marksman and skeet shooter. He collected coins, guns and Indian artifacts. He was an avid gardener and enjoyed writing, reading and reciting poetry. Joseph will be missed by his family and friends. He is survived by his loving wife of seventy two years, Louise Peter; children, Bernard Peter and wife Carolyn of Evansville, IN, Charlene Ebbott of Indianapolis, IN, Kenneth Peter of Danville, CA, Marcia Barnlund of Evansville, IN and Barbara Liddle of Princeton, IN; eight grandchildren, Kathy Kaiper, Chris Ebbott, Heather Carroll, Brent Barnlund, Elliott Liddle, Tiffany Barnlund, Emily Liddle and Lindsey Peter; eight great- grandchildren, Shane and Bryce Kaiper, Jackson and Clover Ebbott, Coleton and Cian Carroll, Savanah and Aiden Barnlund; sister, Viola Kieffer of Mount Carmel, IL. Joe was preceded in death by his parents; brother, John Peter; sisters, Dorothy Peter and Mary Kieffer; three sons in law, James Ebbott, Ronald Barnlund and Donald Liddle, Jr; daughter in law, Donna Nelson Peter. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m., Monday, July 27, 2015 at Saint Marys Catholic Church with Father Robert Zwilling officiating. Burial will follow at Saint Marys Catholic Cemetery with Full Military Honors. Family and friends are invited to gather for a visitation from 4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m., Sunday, July 26, 2015 at Saint Marys Catholic Church. A Rosary Service will begin at 7:30 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made in Josephs memory to Saint Marys School Renovation Fund, 417 Chestnut Street, Mount Carmel, IL 62863. Memorial envelopes will be available at the Church. Keepes Funeral Home is serving the family with arrangements. To view Joes tribute wall and leave online condolences for the Peter family, please visit
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