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Don Henry Peters, 75, of Park Rapids, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013 at his residence in Park Rapids.

Don Henry Peters was born March 10, 1938 in Bismarck, N.D., the son of Henry Fred and Elizabeth (Neeb) Peters. Don was baptized at Zion Lutheran Church in Bismarck.

The family moved to Willmar in August of 1938. In May, 1952, he was confirmed at Redeemer Lutheran Church. He attended schools in Willmar graduating from high school in June of 1956.

Don served in the United States Navy from 1956-1960 as a meteorologist aboard an aircraft carrier and cruiser. Upon discharge, he enrolled at the University of Minnesota.

On Sept. 2, 1961, he married Margaret Anne Bjelkengren in Willmar at Bethel Lutheran Church. A daughter, Kristin, was born in 1962.

Don was engaged in the insurance claims profession most of his life. Over the years, he was active in several churches as an Elder and served on various boards and also in many civic organizations. He had been an avid pilot for several years.

In 1996, Don and Marg moved to Oregon to spend some years enjoying their daughter and grandchild and families. In 2006, they moved back to Minnesota, settling in Park Rapids. Marg was diagnosed with ALS in 2006 and passed away in 2010.

On Oct. 15, 2011, Don married Marvel Haynes of Park Rapids and had been living in Park Rapids since.

Don is survived by his wife, Marvel and her children, Brent (Carla) Haynes, Dani (Mark) Ondracek all of Park Rapids; his daughter, Kristin Kreutzer of Hawthorne, Calif.; granddaughter, Jesse Klebe Salas and her husband, John Daniel Salas of Lawndale, Calif.; sister-in-law Kay Rudek and her husband, Vic Rudek of Edina; Kay's brother, Robert and his wife, Miriam Bjelkengren of Park Rapids; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Don was preceded in death by his late wife, Marg; parents, Fred and Elizabeth Peters; brother, Gene; and a sister, Joan.

Memorial service: 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 30, at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Park Rapids. Rev. Heinecke will be officiating. The organist will be Cheryl Hilgemann. Congregational hymns will be, "Praise to the Lord Almighty," "Jesus Lives, The Victory is Won" and "Eternal Father Strong to Save."

Visitation: one hour prior to the service at the church.

Military honors will be provided by the Star of the North Marine Corps League.

Interment: will be held at a later time at Cloverleaf Cemetery in Willmar.

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