Lifelong Rochester Resident and Local Historian Herb Peters dies at age 95

Described as a “walking ambassador for the Rochester community,” Herb Peters “just loved the area,” explains Patrick McKay from the Rochester Hills Museum at VanHoosen Farm. McKay, supervisor of the museum, told Rochester Media that “we lost a really good friend.”

Herb Peters, born in Rochester, died Easter Sunday – he was 95 years old. He graduated from Rochester High School in 1932 and went on to receive his Bachelors Degree from Alma College in 1938. Peters served in the Army during World War II. While in Europe, he met and married Madeleine Vignier – that was 1946. They returned to Rochester to start a family and Herb earned his Masters Degree from Wayne State University in 1955.

Mr. Peters worked 32 years for the Rochester Community Schools and retired in 1981. He also served as statistician for the Rochester High School varsity football team until 1984. Besides his love of teaching and sports, he worked as a sports reporter for several area newspapers including the Rochester Clarion.

Funeral services are being held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 28, 2011 at Pixley Funeral Home in downtown Rochester and will be followed by burial at VanHoosen Jones-Stony Creek Cemetery with Military Honors. Peters is survived by his wife, children and grandchildren, including his son, Congressman Gary Peters.

The family has requested that memorial contributions in his name be directed to the Rochester-Avon Historical Society, P.O. Box 80783, Rochester, MI 48308-0783.

Herbert G. Peters
Born December 19, 1915
Died April 24, 2011

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