Richard “Rich” J. Peters, age 87 of Sauk Centre, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021, at CentraCare Hospital in Sauk Centre.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 6 at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church in Sauk Centre with Fr. Greg Paffel officiating. Burial was in the parish cemetery with military honors by the Sauk Centre United Veterans Honor Guard. The Mass was recorded and placed on his website Saturday afternoon.

Visitation was held from 4-7:30 p.m. Friday and from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Sauk Centre. Please wear a mask and practice social distancing. 

Richard Joseph Peters was born to Alphonse and Cora (Wiener) Peters on Jan. 16, 1934, in Belgrade. As a young boy he moved with his family to a farm south of Sauk Centre in 1941. He served in the U.S. Army from 1955-57.

He married Alice Rose Rooney on Sept. 9, 1958, in Padua. They farmed with Rich’s brother, George, for 11 years south of Sauk Centre. They bought a farm three miles away in 1968, retiring in 1988 and moving into town.

Rich served on the Central Minnesota Co-op board for the Elevator, Creamery and Oil Station. He also served on the Holy Family School board. He held many offices in the 3rd and 4th Degree Knights of Columbus. He was a lector, Eucharistic minister, and usher at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church in Sauk Centre.

Rich’s hobbies include bowling, golfing and playing cards, along with watching the Vikings, Twins and FOX News. He and Alice enjoyed spending winters in Arizona for 18 years and spending time with family and friends.

Survivors include his loving wife, Alice, of 62 years; children, Patty Odegard of Sauk Centre, Susan (Ed) Maus of Kimball, Jean (Lyle) Zimmer of Turlock, California, Steve (Grace) Peters of Peoria, Arizona, Rose (Todd) Larson of Sartell, Deb (Brian) Eisenschenk of Cold Spring, Jerry (Stacie) Peters of Big Lake and Jeff (Melanie) Peters of Sauk Centre, 22 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; brothers, George (Delores) Peters and Herb (Alice) Peters, all of Sauk Centre.

Rich was preceded in death by his parents; sister MaryAnn Spanier (and her family); brothers Jim and Bob, and great-granddaughter, Braylee Pridal.

Serving as casket bearers were Rich’s grandchildren, Jason Odegard, Jenna Maus, Lyle Zimmer, Jr., Jarrett Pridal, Sam Larson, Tracy Eisenschenk, Tyler Peters, and Lindsay Peters. Cross bearer was Melissa Miguel, scripture bearer Emily Peters, lector Chelsey Maus, and Eucharistic minister Brian Eisenschenk.

In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Holy Family School in Sauk Centre and With Angel Wings - Braylee’s Butterflies (