Lloyd ‘Pete’ E. Peters

ST. PAUL — Lloyd “Pete” E. Peters, 88, a resident of Prairie Mission Retirement Center in St. Paul, went to be with his lord and savior at 3:54 p.m. Wednesday, July 1, 2020, at Freeman West Hospital, Joplin.

He was born June 7, 1932, in Iola to Lloyd and Mabel (Upshaw) Peters. He grew up in Iola and attended Iola High School. From 1951 to 1954 he served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Korea.

After returning from the Korean War he returned to Iola and worked at Pet Milk, where he purchased a canned milk route. He then worked two years for the Nelson Brothers. In 1971 he moved his family to Erie, where he formed Peters and Sons Milk Transport in 1976. He later co-founded and is the namesake for what is now Pete’s convenience stores. He continued working until his retirement in 2008.

On April 26, 1953, he and Juanita M. Smith were married in Iola. They became the parents of three sons. Juanita preceded him in death on April 11, 2006.

He and Rheta McJunkin were married in 2007, and she died Nov. 16, 2019. 

Lloyd was a member of Countryside Christian Church at Pittsburg. He loved collecting Model A’s, antiques, petroleum antiques and 10-gallon milk cans and attending auctions, swap meets and flea markets. He knew no strangers.  

Surviving are three sons, Gratz Peters (Brenda) and Gary Peters (Suzanne), both of Erie, and Gregory Peters of Pittsburg; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a sister, Lorene (Bob) Powell of Lawrence.

The service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Pierce-Carson-Wall Funeral Home at Erie with Rusty Newman officiating. Burial will be in La Harpe Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home, where friends may call after 1 p.m. Sunday.

Memorials are suggested to New Hope Services and may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, P.O. Box 182, Erie, KS 66733.

Online condolences may be left at www.wallfuneralservices.com.

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