Merle Fred Peters, 94, of Geuda Springs, died Monday, Aug. 28, 2017, at his residence. Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, at Central Christian Church of Arkansas City. Burial will follow in the Memorial Lawn Cemetery. Pastor Dennis Voth will officiate.
The family will greet friends 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday evening at the funeral home.
Merle was born June 6, 1923, in Portland to Fred A. and Achsah C. (Harris) Peters. He was reared and educated in the Ashton area graduating from South Haven High School in 1941. On Sept. 24, 1948, he married Clela Jane Klofkorn at Central Christian Church. The couple lived all their married lives on a farm six miles west of Arkansas City.
After graduation, Merle worked at the Boeing Aircraft Company in Wichita for three years then started farming and raising cattle. He helped start the Two Rivers Co-op in Arkansas City and served on the board for 12 years, holding all offices during his tenure. He served on the Cowley County Planning Board, Advisory Board for Strother Field, Kansas Economic Analysis Commission under Governor Robert Docking, and was a member of the Board of Directors for the Union State Bank from 1973-2010. He helped organize and was on the board for Rural Water District #4. He was a member and past president of the Cowley County Wheat Growers Association. In 1959, he was awarded “Outstanding Young Farmer” and in 1960 received national recognition as one of a group honored by the Ford Motor Company for farming efficiency and participated in that company’s Grass Roots Diplomacy Program as “outstanding wheat farmer” in the United States. As a token he received an around the world tour of eight countries, including those in Europe and Asia. Merle was a longtime-devoted member of the Central Christian Church.
His hobbies include coyote and bird hunting and fishing. He especially enjoyed drinking coffee and visiting with is many friends in Gueda Springs every morning and with those in Arkansas City every afternoon. Later in life Merle enjoyed activities at the Arkansas City Senior Citizen’s Center and attending dances throughout southern Kansas and northern Oklahoma.
Survivors include his daughter Sandra and husband Billy Walker of Arkansas City; former daughter-in-law Doris Peters-Coykendall of Towanda; two granddaughters Cathy and husband Eric Page of Wellington, and Chris and husband Jon Rothell of Arkansas City; great-grandchildren David and wife Sarah Rothell, Kayla Rothell, Sam, Audrianna, Joey, Benji, and Jacob Page; great-great-grandchildren Shawn and Jason Rothell.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Clela on May 30, 2001, and a son Fred Carl Peters on Sept. 19, 1986.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials to the Central Christian Church or the Arkansas City Senior Citizen’s Center. Contributions may be made through the funeral home.
Arrangements are being made through the Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home of Arkansas City. Online condolences may be made at www.rindt-erdman.com