Frederick Wayne “Fred” Peters passed away on Saturday, November 17, 2018, at his home in Chelsea. He was 68.
Born September 6, 1950, in Grafton, West Virginia, to Frederick F. and Elizabeth A. “Babe” (Summers) Peters, Fred was raised and educated in Grafton, but finished and graduated high school in Parkersburg West Virginia. He graduated with the Class of 1968 from Parkersburg South High School. Following graduation, Fred continued his education and attended Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio where he received his Bachelors of Science Degree in Petroleum Engineering. In 1970 Fred married Julie Lombard in a Marietta, Ohio ceremony. This union was gifted with three children Fred, Jennifer, and George. Fred provided for his family working for then Dowell, and now Schlumberger, a career that lasted 40 years before his retirement. It was during his work career that Fred found an appreciation for travel, living in Dubai, Singapore, and Alaska as well as traveling a good portion of the remainder of the globe with his job.
A man’s man, Fred enjoyed the outdoors. He played golf, hunted, and enjoyed many types of fishing. Those outdoor activities could only be better when they were in the mountains of West Virginia, the place Fred was most at home. Football was another passion and the West Virginia Mountaineers were his favorite. He was an avid reader and would sometimes read two or three books a week. He enjoyed a wide variety of authors and genres and was just happy with a book in his hand. Fred was also a connoisseur of fine wine and cigars, but did enjoy his Maker’s Mark bourbon or a good cup of coffee as well. He liked westerns, and of course the Virginian was one of his favorites, as well as John Wayne’s movie True Grit. A staunch Republican he always had a strong opinion and enjoyed nothing better than a debate over politics. Fred valued community and actively supported businesses in whatever community he called home. While living in Chelsea, Fred became active with Community Options where he served on the Executive Board. This organization was dear to Fred’s heart because of its role in changing the lives of adults with disabilities.
No story about Fred would be complete without mentioning his love of family. He was so proud of his children and all that they had accomplished with their lives. Fred enjoyed the times that they could all be together and it might even be said that Pappaw was one of his favorite words. His grandchildren even said that they were sure they tested his patience numerous times but Pappaw never said a word. He just embraced the time they had to be together.
This father, Pappaw, brother, and friend will be missed by all whose lives he touched.
Fred is survived by his children, Fred Peters and wife Donna, Jennifer Looper and husband Michael, and George Peters and wife Leslie, grandchildren, Corey and Wyatt Peters, Jesse Wayne Looper, and Wade, Emma, Bannon, and Allie Peters, and his sister, Shirley Barcus, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Fred was preceded in death by his parents.
Private family services are planned to celebrate and remember the life of Frederick Wayne “Fred” Peters.
The family has entrusted DeLozier Funeral Service with Fred’s care.
Please view and sign Fred’s online tribute a www.delozierfuneralservice.com.