John Peters


Funeral services and a Mass of Christian Burial for John E. Peters, 76, a resident of Eldridge, will be 10 a.m. Thursday, March 31, 2011 at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, 4105 N. Division, Davenport. 

Burial will take place in Pleasant Valley Cemetery.  Visitation will be Wednesday from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. at the Halligan McCabe DeVries Funeral Home, 614 Main Street, Downtown Davenport.

John died Sunday, March 27, 2011 at his home, following an extended illness and courageous battle. 

John Elmer Peters was born on March 15, 1935 in Quincy, Illinois, a son of John Henry and Anna Elizabeth (Lohman) Peters.  He was a graduate of Quincy College with a BS in Physical Science. Upon graduation, he was a research chemist at the Northern Regional Research Lab, Peoria, IL.  He proudly served our country in the United States Air Force.


John was united in marriage to Helen M. Ven Horst on August 17, 1963 in Bettendorf.

John was the owner and operator of Peters Pump Service, a business he began in 1965, assisting with rural water systems as well as field tiling.

John was very involved with his family and their interests.  John and Helen would rarely miss an opportunity to see their children or grandchildren participate whether it was in sports or other activities.

He was a member of Our Lady Victory Catholic Church.

Memorials may be made to the John E. Peters Memorial Fund to benefit the North Scott School District.

John is survived by his loving wife, Helen, Eldridge, children and their spouses, John (Deb) Peters, San Diego, CA, Jim (Patti) Peters, Dubuque, Jeff (Becky) Peters, Bay Village, OH, Julie (Jim) Stark, Long Grove, Jason Peters, Aurora, CO, Jaci Peters, Columbia, SC; grandchildren, Kyle, Paige, Sarah Peters, Jacob and Annie Peters, and Carter and Pete Stark; sisters, June (Pat) Poepping and Joyce (Frank) Blickham, Quincy, IL; father-in-law, John Ven Horst, Bettendorf, a sister-in-law, Dorothy “Dotti” (Bill) Kennedy; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his sisters, Joan Smith and Jeanette Peters. May they rest in peace.  Online remembrances and condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting John’s obituary at

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