In Memory of Thomas O. Peters

Thomas O. Peters
Thomas O. Peters
Born: March 2, 1952
Died: December 30, 2016
Age: 64
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Thomas O. Peters
March 2, 1952 - December 30, 2016
From: Battle Creek, IA
Tom Peters, age 64, of Battle Creek, Iowa, passed away Friday, December 30, 2016, at the Mercy Medical Center of Sioux City, Iowa.

A Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at the First Presbyterian Church of Battle Creek, Iowa. The Reverend Kevin J. Freese will officiate, with interment following in the Mt. Hope Cemetery with Military Rites by Maple Valley Post No. 364 of the American Legion, of Battle Creek, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at the First Presbyterian Church of Battle Creek, Iowa. The Christensen - Van Houten Funeral Home of Battle Creek, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online to

Thomas “Tom” Peters was born on March 2, 1952, in Danbury, Iowa, to Forrest and Elaine (Mauch) Peters. He was baptized and later confirmed into the Presbyterian faith. The family made their home in Battle Creek, Iowa, where Tom attended Battle Creek School.

On November 13, 1969, Tom enlisted in to the United States Marines. He was stationed overseas in Hawaii where he drove an Amtrak. Serving his country for two years, Tom was honorably discharged on November 2, 1971. Upon returning home Tom met the love of his life Ardena F. Hedberg and they were united into marriage on March 30, 1973, in Elk Point, South Dakota.

Tom worked with his brothers-in-law, Marvin Bloom and Ed Hedberg removing and replacing telephone poles. He later purchased his own semi-truck and started hauling for trucking companies. Tom and Ardena were blessed with three children: Ginger, Shelley, and Tiffany. The family made their home in Battle Creek, Iowa were Ardena and Tom have lived up to present.

Tom had several accomplishments in his life. He attended masonry school, got his EMT certificate, patented the magnetic wrench attachment, and operated his own semi-truck hauling road materials locally.

Tom enjoyed, hunting, fishing, golfing, and just simply spending time with his family.

Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 43 years, Ardena Peters of Battle Creek, Iowa; children: Ginger ( significant other, Dennis Morgan) Collins of Kiron, Iowa, Shelley (Tom) Sharkey of Battle Creek, Iowa, and Tiffany (Fiancé Jake Trierweiler) Peters of Battle Creek, Iowa, grandchildren: Cody and Brice Gorden, Tonisha Roeder, Tasha Sharkey, Keeli Larson, Derek and Blake Sharkey, Adalynn and Landyn Trierweiler; brother, John (Cindy) Peters of Battle Creek, Iowa; sisters, Bonnie Besson of Las Vegas, Nevada and Mae Hedberg of Battle Creek, Iowa; brother-in-law, Frank Collins of Ida Grove, Iowa; sister-in-law, Becky Peters of Lake View, Iowa; and many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Ed Peters; sister, Judy Collins; brothers-in-law, Jerry Beeson and Donny Hedberg.


10: 30 a.m., Wednesday
January 4, 2017
First Presbyterian Church
Battle Creek, Iowa


Rev. Kevin J. Freese


Rod Hedberg
Tim Peters
Paul Peters
Ted Collins
Lyle Noll
Simon Collins

Honoray Pallbearers
Cody Goden
Brice Gorden
Derek Sharkey
Blake Sharkey


6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, January 3, 2017
First Presbyterian Church
Battle Creek, Iowa


Recorded Selection
"When I Get To Where I'm Going"
By Brad Paisley


Mt. Hope Cemetery
Battle Creek, Iowa


Thursday, January 5, 2017 at 4:09 AM
“Sorry to hear about Tom. Love to Dena, Ginger, Shelley, Tiffany and all the grandchildren. ”
- Heidi Noll & Erika
Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at 8:31 PM
“Dena- We are thinking of you during this difficult time. You have my deepest sympathy. Praying for you now and always. ”
- Sarah Lytle
Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at 8:31 PM
“Deana and family Our Prayers are with you during this difficult time Sympathy ”
- Marie and Robert Bakery
Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at 2:37 PM
“So sorry to hear about Tom... He was always SO much help when he worked at the lumber yard at Early... Sincere condolences to all the family.”
- Mareta Vermeys
Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at 2:37 PM
“Ginger and family,
My heartfelt sympathies to you. May God wrap you in His comforting arms and give you peace with many warm memories.”
- Theresa Melohn (Struchen)
Monday, January 2, 2017 at 7:15 AM
“I am so sorry for your loss. You two were good neighbors and we enjoyed watching Tiffany grow to be a lovely young woman..I am sure Tom was proud of her. Again my sympathy.”
- Pat Barlow
Sunday, January 1, 2017 at 12:08 PM
“Sorry Aunt Dena and family. :-(”
- Wendy Hofstader
Sunday, January 1, 2017 at 9:53 AM
“Deepest sympathy to all. Blessings.
- Fern Krayenhagen
Saturday, December 31, 2016 at 4:23 PM
“Sorry for your loss. Tom is a great friend and a hard worker.”
- Joseph & Heather Green
Friday, December 30, 2016 at 9:09 PM
“So sorry for your loss hugs and prayers ”
- Sue & Doug Schultz
Friday, December 30, 2016 at 9:09 PM
“Sorry for your loss and love you all. ”
- Rebecca Peters
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