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Floyd L. Peters

May 3, 1921 December 2, 2008
Floyd L. Peters
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Floyd Leon Peters was born May 3, 1921, in Panora, Iowa, to Carl H. and Esta Triplett Peters.  He graduated from Yale High School in 1939 as the valedictorian of his class.  Floyd attended Iowa State University, graduating in 1943 with a degree in Animal Husbandry and a minor in Economics.  He met his wife, Ella Frances Bangham, at the Iowa State Fair when he was a senior in high school.  Following Floyd’s graduation from college, Frances and he were married on June 12, 1943, in Grinnell, Iowa.  

Floyd and Frances farmed his parents’ farm until 1945 when he enlisted in the U.S. Navy.  After his discharge from the Navy in 1946, Floyd and Frances moved to Panora, and they resumed farming for a brief time.  Soon after, Floyd went to work for the U.S. Department of Agriculture as part of the Soil Conservation Service, a job and career that he thoroughly enjoyed.  Floyd worked in Bedford and Fort Dodge, Iowa before Frances and he moved to Vinton in 1958.  Upon retirement from the Soil Conservation Service in 1981, Floyd began a new career as a realtor and a farm manager.  

Throughout his 50 years as citizen of Vinton, Floyd was involved in a variety of activities and service organizations.  As a member of the United Methodist Church, Floyd served on a number of boards, taught Sunday School, and was a youth sponsor.  Frances and he belonged to the Vinton Country Club, where Floyd not only played golf regularly and played cards, but also served as an advisor regarding the conditioning of the course.  Floyd was active in the Izaak Walton League and the Kiwanis Club in both Fort Dodge and Vinton, and was a past president of both organizations.    

The education of young people was very important to Floyd, and he was active in a number of programs in the Vinton Community Schools.  Working as an honorary member of the FFA, he regularly taught units on soil stewardship for ninth grade Earth Science classes.  Following Floyd’s retirement, he was involved in the mentoring program with young children.  

Floyd loved to travel, and Frances and he enjoyed wintering in Texas and Arizona and they traveled with friends, including trips to Hawaii, Alaska, Europe, and the continental United States.  He was also an avid reader and a baseball fan – especially the Chicago Cubs!  

Floyd's death from cancer came peacefully on Tuesday, December 2, 2008 at Virginia Gay Hospital in Vinton at the age of 87 years.

Floyd is survived by his wife of 65 years, Frances, who is at home in Vinton; daughter June Schmidt and Robert of Cedar Rapids; son James and wife, Sally of Independence; four grandchildren: Katie Miesbauer and husband, Brian from Littleton, Colorado; Erich Schmidt from San Diego, California; Jennifer Peters and T.J. Peters from Independence; and one great-grandson, Aiden Miesbauer.  As an active parent and grandparent, Floyd, along with Frances, has spent the past years supporting his children and grandchildren, attending their numerous sporting activities and concerts.  In turn, Floyd and Frances have spent the last few weeks surrounded by his friends and family, whom he enjoyed and loved very much.  And, of course, the feelings were mutual!  

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, December 6, 2008 at Wesley United Methodist Church with Pastor Karen Larson officiating.  Visitation is from 4:00 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday at Van Steenhuyse-Russell Funeral Home in Vinton.   A private family committal will be at Evergreen Cemetery, Vinton.  

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

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