Obituary: Eugene (Gene) R. Peters


Eugene (Gene) R. Peters, 81, died April 29, 2014. Born Nov. 3, 1932, he was the son of Elmer and Edna (Kleist) Peters.

He and his brother spent most of their youth helping their parents run the farm in the Kouts/Wanatah area of Northern Indiana. He graduated from Kouts High School in 1950, where he played trombone in the marching band. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University in 1963. In 1966 he began dating Bernice Ilene Stiffler and they were married on Jan. 8.

In the early 1970s, he began working at International Harvester Corporation and was promoted to head of the plant engineering department before he retired in 1996. His hobbies and interests included travel, gardening, woodworking, computers, aviation, genealogy and U.S. and railroad history.

Survivors include his son, Mark Peters; brother, Donald Peters; nephew, Rodney Peters; niece, Pamela Peters Dotson; and cousin, Carol Kleist Ownbey.

Funeral services were May 10 at Carmel United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jack King officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Indiana Transportation Museum, Forest Park, Noblesville, 46060; or The Potter’s Wheel, 333 Jefferson Ave., Evansville, 47713. Online condolences may be made at


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