Obituary of Joseph Richard Peters, Jr.
Joseph Richard Peters, Jr. died October 13, 2018 at Mercy Hospital in Sacramento. He was 78.
A celebration of his life will commence at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 28, at Elks Lodge #518, CA Highway 49 north, Nevada City.
Joe was born on February 15, 1940 in Colusa, California to Margaret (Perry) and Joseph Peters, and resided in Grass Valley from age five. Following graduation from Nevada Union High School in 1958, he served an eight year enlistment with the California Army National Guard.
For over 25 years, Joe was a route salesman and customer service representative in the wine and spirits industry, earning numerous sales and service awards. He was 1985 recipient of the Nevada County Chamber of Commerce Earl Covey Award for dedicated and outstanding community service.
Joe worked in customer service with Peters’ Drilling & Pump Service for nearly a decade, and then continued working in executive services positions for two local community banks, retiring finally in 2014. For years, right up to his passing, Joe volunteered on the Elks House Committee, serving as bar manager.
Golf was Joe’s passion and hobby. On record for a hole-in-one at Nevada County Country Club, he relished time with his brother and friends out on the greens most every week. He also enjoyed playing cards, working on cars, and riding his tractor. Joe was personable and fun, loyal to his family and friends, a true gentleman.
He is survived by his wife, Elaine; his sister Linda (Gregg) Schiffner, and brother Greg (Marilyn) Peters; his granddaughter Miranda and son-in-law Tom Franyovich; his sisters-in-law Margie (Dave) Browning and Linda Fanucchi; and nieces and nephews.
Joe was preceded in death by his two daughters, Shara Franyovich and Michelle Mattera.
Memorial donations may be made to Mercy Foundation Spanos Heart Center, 3400 Data Drive, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670.
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