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Milton “Gene” Peters, age 58 of Fort Wayne, Indiana passed away Saturday, February 16, 2019 at the Hospice Home on Homestead Road. Gene was born May 28, 1960 in Vanceboro, North Carolina to the late George Jr. and Nancy Annette (Lewis) Peters. Following High School, Gene enlisted in the US Army and was honorably discharged in 1978. On March 16, 1985, Gene married the love of his life, Sandra Lee Sample. Sandra preceded him in death on November 10, 2011, and life was never the same for Gene.
He is survived by his daughter and son in law, Sara Kinney and Ian Howard of Fort Wayne, his grandchild Kendrick Howard, and his siblings Ann Jones and her husband Jeff of Osceola and Althea McIntosh of Elkhart. Surviving as well is his Uncle, John Peters of Garrett, Indiana, his Aunt, Kathy Peters and several cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Gene will be cremated and a celebration of his life will be held at a later time at his Sister’s home in Osceola. Cruz Family Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Osceola is assisting with the arrangements.
The service we’ll be having for Gene will not be the typical service...we had talked a lot about death since the day Sandy passed away years ago .. He didn’t want anyone crying for him .. but he was in a lot of pain and was ready to go .. We will be gathering at Jeff and my house (11023 Harrison Road, Osceola, IN 46561) so things can be more comfortable and less formal..( in other words if you wanna wear jeans and a t-shirt by all means feel free to do so) ..we will be saying our good-byes and remembering all the crazy s**t he did that would make people laugh and feel comfortable laughing .. that’s what type of farewell we will be having .. that’s what type of farewell he wanted.. We will have sandwiches and chips and drinks for everyone.. Please RSVP me if you are able to make it and how many adults/kids will be with you .. (we do have a dog so if you have allergies ..it would be best to take your allergy pills ahead of time .. she is a German Shepherd and no matter how much we vacuum there is always hair around ..lol ) It will start at noon and continue till everyone has left--in other words there isn’t a time limit to show up or leave .. We will be having a Military Service at the graveside for Gene to be placed next to his beloved Sandy in April in Columbia City at Nolt Cemetery with the help of Cruz Family Funeral Home,VFW and the Patriot Guard Riders .. I will update everyone when we have that date set .
Thanks, Ann Jones
Gene was employed by Trelle Borg of New Haven, Indiana as a screw machine operator for several years. He enjoyed Colts Football and “CSI” types of shows on TV. He also enjoyed going to collectables shows, and was an avid fan of classic rock music, especially AC/DC.
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