Alvin “Mike” Peters, age 87, passed away peacefully at his home on November 10, 2022. He was surrounded by his family as he was reunited with the love of his life, Margaret, in Heaven. Mike was born in Clintonville on June 10, 1935 to Ervin “Pete” and Ethel (Dilley) Peters. In high school, Mike was an all-around athlete lettering in baseball, basketball, and football. Mike proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps from April 1951 to August 1955. He served as a lineman in the Korean War and was a Corporal at the time he was honorably discharged. He received the United Nations Service Metal, National Defense Service Metal, and the Korean Service Metal. On November 24, 1955 he married Margaret Kroll at St. Rose Catholic Church in Clintonville. Mike was employed as a millwright at Appleton Papers Operations for over 40 years. As an adult, he enjoyed countless family activities. He had many friends and enjoyed playing in baseball and softball tournaments, bowling, golfing, and playing cards. Mike was a member of the Combined Locks Volunteer Fire Department for 22 years. He was also an usher at St. Paul’s Church. Cooking numerous meals for COTS gave him great satisfaction. Later in life, he enjoyed watching sports and game shows on TV with Margaret along with their nightly games of Cribbage and cocktails. Mike will be remembered for his incredible work ethic, the importance of taking care of his family, and the famous “SHAKE OF THE DAY!”
Mike is survived by his children: Stephanie (Tim) Raatz, Paul (Debbie) Peters, Marcus Peters, Daphne (Boyd) Hartjes and Becky (Joe) DeGroot; grandchildren: Jeremy (Renee) Stevenson, Angie (Corey) Olson, Tammy (Todd) Krull, David Raatz, Nic (Kelly) Peters, Lindsay (Jimmy) Dritsas, Lake (Rachel) Peters, Nash (Julianna) Peters, Travis Peters, Trevor (Morgan) Hartjes, Leah DeGoey, Jenna (Drew) Keddell, Joe DeGroot, Steven (Brandy) DeGroot, and Sarah DeGroot; 23 great grandchildren; one great great grandchild; sisters-in-law, Patti Peters and Joie Erdmann and sister-in-law and brother-in-law: Connie and Rick Marthaler; as well as many nieces, nephews, and other relatives. In addition to his parents, Mike was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret; his brother, Dan Peters; his sister, Mary Ann Kunschke; brother-in-law, Maynard Kunschke; and brother-in-law Pudge Erdmann.
A celebration of life for Mike will be held on Monday, November 21, 2022 at St. Paul Catholic Church, 410 Wallace St. Combined Locks. A visitation will be held at the church from 9:30-11:30 a.m. with a funeral service to follow at 11:30. Interment will be at St. Paul’s Cemetery. Please visit www.verkuilenfh.com for online condolences. The family would like to thank Danielle Vanevenhoven, APNP; Hospice nurse Amber Uitenbroek and Hospice social worker Robin Duchow for their care and compassion. In lieu of flowers, memorials will be established for the Combined Locks Fire Department and COTS of Appleton.