Carl Gerard Peeters
Published 10:40 am Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Oct. 25, 1939 — Feb. 9, 2019
Carl Gerard Peeters, a dearly loved, generous and kind-hearted soul who was born on Oct. 25, 1939, to Paul Maximillon Peeters and Marion Holverson. His childhood was spent in Neenah, Wisconsin and he studied at Marquette University Milwaukee.
After marrying Sharon Lynne Burns on June 15, 1963, in Milwaukee, and subsequently being employed by Clark Equipment Co., they moved to Niles where they have lived ever since. He worked at Clark as a computer software analyst for 30 years and was a computer genius who, along with his team in the days of punched card mainframes, accomplished things that the IBM hardware salesmen said weren’t possible.
List of clubs and activities: Trap shooting, Sporting clays; Lifetime member of the Howard Township Conservation Club (The Wednesday Night Guy); Member Deer Creek Hunt Club; NRA member since 1960; Model Rockets including perfecting his own the rearshoot ejection system; Staunch Green Bay Packer Fan; Cornell Lab of Ornithology Backyard Bird Counter; and many other intellectual and artistic hobbies too numerous to list like slot cars, sailboats, go karts, wood working, stained glass, ingenious home repair, etc.
Though he rejected the dogma and hypocrisy he found in religion and didn’t speak much about his deep love or beliefs, they were evident to those with eyes to see in his words and actions — his abundant generosity, care and concern for the good of others and frustration with human selfishness, and especially in the huge bearhugs he gave with a sparkle in his eyes — all of which he modeled for and nurtured in his children, grandchildren and everyone else around him.
Though his family is very puzzled about why God called him home while he was just out to pick up the paper on that clear, peaceful, blue sky morning, they are grateful that he was able to remain independent, in his own home, and active right up to the end as he had wished to be.
He was preceded in death by his mother Marion Holverson on Nov. 23, 1939, father Paul Peeters on March 18, 1988, mother Mona (Schultz) Peeters on Aug. 4, 2008, brother John Peeters in 1951, and brother Paul Peeters in 2014.
He is survived by his wife Sharon (Burns) Peeters, of Niles; brother Tom (Dawn) Peeters, of Neenah, Wisconsin; sister-in-law Marcia Peeters, of Madison, Wisconsin; daughter Jennifer Joanne Peeters, of Bath, Wisconsin; son Mark (Nancy) Peeters, of Kalamazoo; daughter Victoria (William) Fouch, of Vicksburg, Michigan; and grandchildren: Clara, Jack, Ava, Luke.
In accordance with his wishes; his remains have been cremated and memorial donations can be made to: USA Shooting, U.S. Olympic Training Center, 1 Olympic Plaza, Colorado Springs, CO 80909 or usashooting.org/donate.
Arrangements were made at the Halbritter-Wickens Funeral Home, 615 East Main Street in Niles. Online condolences may be left at: halbritterwickens.com.