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Eugene "Ben" A. Peters

July 27, 1932 September 24, 2021
Eugene "Ben" A. Peters
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Obituary for Eugene "Ben" A. Peters

Peoria- Eugene “Ben” A. Peters, age 89, of Peoria, passed away on Friday, September 24, 2021 at Heritage Health in Chillicothe, IL.

Ben was born on July 27, 1932 in Kansas City, KS to William and Mary (Puhr) Peters. He married Mary Alice Verbeke on March 28, 1981 in Peoria who preceded him in death on October 14, 2018.

He is survived by his children Jeanine (Kregg) Wiggins, Craig (Diane) Peters, Janelle Peters and Joe (Dawn) Peters, step-children, Dr. Renee Fields and Connie (Patrick) Welch, and one sister, Anne (Lou) DeCarolis. He is also survived by thirteen grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by three brothers and four sisters.

Ben proudly served in the US Army from May 1954 - May 1956. He worked at Caterpillar, as a Supervisor of Inventory, until his retirement in 1993.

Ben played basketball for Benedictine College in Atchison, KS. They were NAIA National Champions and he is a member of their Hall of Fame. He was drafted by the NBA as 24th overall in 1954 and subsequently played for the Caterpillar CAT’s basketball team. In addition to basketball, he loved to golf and was active in several golf leagues. He also loved doing crossword and jigsaw puzzles.

Ben was active in his church, St. Vincent de Paul, and was a member of the Knights of Columbus 3rd degree Spalding Council #427 and 4th degree Spalding Assembly #206, where he held numerous local and national positions. Ben enjoyed the fellowship of his brother Knights and participated in the golf and bowling leagues. He cheerfully served his community by volunteering with many organizations.

Visitation will be from 5PM – 7 PM on Wednesday, September 29, 2021 at Wright & Salmon Mortuary. A Funeral Mass will be at 10 AM on Thursday, September 30, 2021 at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, with a half hour prior visitation. Fr. Stephen Willard will officiate. Burial will follow at Resurrection Cemetery.
Please follow COVID restrictions and wear masks.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Knights of Columbus.

Friends and family may sign the online guestbook by logging onto www.wrightandsalmon.com.

Previous Events

Visitation

Wednesday

29

Sep

5:00 PM 9/29/2021 5:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 9/29/2021 7:00:00 PM
Wright & Salmon Mortuary

2416 N North St
Peoria, IL 61604

Wright & Salmon Mortuary
2416 N North St Peoria 61604 IL
United States

Visitation

Thursday

30

Sep

9:30 AM 9/30/2021 9:30:00 AM - 10:00 AM 9/30/2021 10:00:00 AM
St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church

6001 N University St
Peoria, IL 61614

St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church
6001 N University St Peoria 61614 IL
United States

Funeral Mass

Thursday

30

Sep

10:00 AM 9/30/2021 10:00:00 AM
St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church

6001 N University St
Peoria, IL 61614

St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church
6001 N University St Peoria 61614 IL
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Resurrection Cemetery & Mausoleum Final Resting Place

7519 N Allen Rd
Peoria, IL 61614

7519 N Allen Rd Peoria 61614 IL
United States
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