Loren Paul Peters

June 20, 1931 ‒ March 10, 2015

Lexington, Ohio

LEXINGTON: Loren Paul Peters peacefully passed away Tuesday, March 10, 2015 in Ohio Health MedCentral Mansfield Hospital surrounded by his family. He was 83.

He was born June 20, 1931 in Mansfield to parents Basil & Sadie Bell (Nelson) Peters and attended Bellville High School. When Pete was just a teenager a young lady named Madge White caught his eye and the pair soon married on January 20, 1951.

Pete worked for more than 26 years at the Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield and retired from there as Sergeant, but even in retirement he kept busy with his own business: Pete’s Signs. He painted everything from large signs to sides of trucks and his natural artistic ability spilled over into all sorts of mediums: chalk, oil, pencil, paint, and even woodworking. Some for hobby and some for clients, Pete enjoyed using his creativity to form unique pieces.

He was fascinated with aircraft and everything to do with flying and built a large airplane for use in parades. Pete also collected all sorts of items emblazoned with eagles. But above all he cherished time spent with family and especially his grandkids and great-grandkids.

Pete was a longtime faithful member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Bellville, served as Trustee of the Bellville-Jefferson Township Historical Society and was also a member of EAA 148 and the Mansfield Airport.

He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years Madge Peters of Lexington; three children: Lauren Berry of Bellville, David Peters of Bellville, and Michael & Tracy Peters of Lakeville; three grandsons: Todd & Jessicca Berry, Trent Peters, and Zachery Peters; four great-granddaughters; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Pete was preceded in death by five siblings: Esther, Charles, Blaine, Nelson, and Edith, and a grandson Colt Shoup.

His family will receive friends 5-8 p.m. Friday, March 13, 2015 in Snyder Funeral Home, 2553 Lexington Ave, where his funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday and friends are invited to call the hour prior. Pastor Douglas Pretorius will officiate and burial will follow in Oak Grove Memorial Park near Lexington.

Contributions in his memory to the Washington Township Rescue Squad or St. Paul Lutheran may be made at the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve the Peters family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them and watch Pete’s tribute video at SnyderFuneralHomes.com


  • Lauren, OT, Jessica & Girls,
    So sorry about this loss in your lives. Praying for you all as you go through this time of mourning. Hoping that fond & fun memories stay with you ways.
    Love ~ Jill & Paul

  • I’m so sorry for your lose. I have very fond memories of your dad and husband. Keeping you in my thoughts.

  • We were saddened to hear of Loren’s passing. You have our deepest sympathy and prayers for peace and comfort in this difficult time. We know that Loren is in Heaven, in his new body, happy and healthy for evermore.

  • Sending all our love, prayers, and sweet memories to all the family.
    Maybe God Bless You and hold all of you in his loving arms and bring you peace while we mourn the loss of a wonderful, great man.

    All our love,
    Barbie and Dennis

  • Loren’s was a life well lived that inspired others to fully appreciate all that this wonderful world has to offer. We treasure Loren’s aviation artwork and will always treasure his memory.

  • I’m so sorry for your loss. He was a wonderfully sweet man. I loved hearing his stories and looking at his drawings. He will be missed.

  • Mike,
    I’m so sorry to hear about your Dad. I still remember the stories you told me about your Dad and the people you both met when he was doing his work painting, back when you and I worked together at Ponderosa many many years ago. I still think about you when we go past the house you lived in and wonder how you are. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.
    Dianne (Overley) McIntire

    • Thank you, I often wonder what happen to a few of the people from there and you are one of them. Hope everything is good with you take care Mike

  • Sorry David for your loss I never met your father but always heard kind words and what a great man he was your family is in our prayers