Ken Peters

Ken Peters

Saturday, January 14th, 1933 - Monday, February 24th, 2020
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Kenneth Fred Peters, Sr., 87 of Granbury, TX died February 24, 2020. Ken, son of Milton (Pete) Peters and Anna Smerek Peters, loving and supportive husband of Marty Peters passed away at his home after a long battle with prostate cancer and dementia. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Marty Peters and son, Ken Peters Jr. and two daughters, Debra Thomason and Marie Peters. He is also survived by seven grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren, nine great-great grandchildren and his older brother Earl H. Peters, two nieces and two nephews, the mother of his children, (his first wife) Joyce Jones and a host of friends and fellow Legionnaires, American Legion Auxiliary and Sons of the American Legion members.

Ken was born in Allentown, Pa in 1933 but grew up in Alliance, OH., with his family running the Naborhood Inn. Peters served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War era and proudly continued his service as a member of The American Legion for 41 continuous years. He served as Cleburne’s American Legion Post 50 Commander 2000 – 2002 and as Lake Granbury American Legion Post 491 Commander 2006 - 2008 in addition to many District, Division and Department offices and committees. He paid tribute to his father’s WWI service through his membership in the Sons of the American Legion Squadron 50 in Cleburne.

He portrayed Santa Claus for veterans, elderly and children. Ken dressed as Uncle Sam and participated in Flag Education programs at local child care centers and East Cleburne Community Center. He was so very proud of his family.

After a short period of factory work, he went into business for himself, beginning a lifetime of entrepreneurship. He continued his family tradition of tavern owner. The clubs he owned and operated from the 60s forward were The Mountaineer, Pirates Cave, Century Room, Tippy’s Lounge, Kenneys Club in downtown Fort Worth and opened the Woodworks on Park Place. His careers included managing a clothing store in both Dallas and Fort Worth, crop-dusting, moving and selling mobile homes, paving & striping; installing septic systems; storm cellar sales; commercial rentals; owned both a chicken restaurant in Fort Worth and La Casa Mexican Restaurant in Cleburne and the Granbury Riverboat in Granbury.
He built and managed three mobile home parks in Johnson County: Ranch Oaks, Mountainaire and Sunset Mobile Home Park; Colonel Ken Peters was an auctioneer since 1964;

Ken never met a stranger and was always in the center of fun and laughter. He also loved fishing, airplanes & flying, traveling and sharing time with his family and friends. He will be greatly missed by so many people with whom he became unforgettable.

A visitation is scheduled for 6 – 8pm on Friday, February 28 at Crosier-Pearson funeral home. Service will be on Saturday, February 29 at 1pm in the Crosier-Pearson Cleburne Chapel followed by interment at Greenacres Memorial Park.

He was pre-deceased by his parents and his mother-in-law Tensie Hinson. He survived his very good childhood friends: Joe and Miriam Shuck and Tom Burkhart and George Crawford.

The family wishes to extend their deep thanks to Christine Sigler, caregiver during his last weeks, Mission Hospice and Renew Home Health.
Those wishing to donate rather than send flowers are asked to select a dementia/Alzheimer’s organization or prostate cancer research center of their choice.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, February 28th, 2020 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Friday, February 28th, 2020 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Crosier-Pearson Cleburne Funeral Home
    512 North Ridgeway Dr.
    CLEBURNE, TX 76033
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  • Service

    Saturday, February 29th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Saturday, February 29th, 2020 1:00pm
    Crosier-Pearson Cleburne Chapel
    512 N. Ridgeway Dr.
    CLEBURNE, TX 76033
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  • Interment

    Greenacres Memorial Park
    3201 N. Main St.
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mike barnett

Posted at 12:39pm
sure going to miss my friend ken we had some fun times and interesting conversations over many breakfasts and running the roads condolences to marty, ken jr and family he is surely going to be missed

Lisa Green

Posted at 09:41am
I am so saddened to hear of Ken's passing. Prayers for the family.

James Harris

Posted at 08:08am
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Kathy Wons

Posted at 07:24pm
With deepest sympathy, my thoughts and prayers will always be with you.
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