Obituary of Charles Peters, Jr.
Charles Forney Peters Jr, 79, of Grantville, died suddenly on Sunday, September 27, 2020. He was born in Harrisburg on January 15, 1941 to the late Charles and Geraldine (Seesholtz) Peters. Charles retired as a Draftsman/Designer for the PA Department of Transportation, was a member of the American Legion Post 265 of Hummelstown, and a very active member in the Civil Air Patrol Squadron #302 (C.A.P.). Charles was a member with C.A.P. for 38 years, he was a cadet and part of the very first class of the Search and Rescue School at Hawk Mountain in 1956. He held several positions, as he worked his way through the ranks, including School Commander for 3 years. He participated in multiple Search and Rescue Missions, both on land and in the air, starting at the age of 15. Charles received his " Expert Ranger" rating Black Belt #23, in 1968.To date there have only been 280 of these Black Belts awarded. Charlie and his son Steve, were the first father and son to start as Cadets, become instructors at the Hawk Mountain Ranger School, and receive their Black Belts. Charlie's son received his Black Belt in 1982, # 140. Charlie left C.A.P. at the rank of Major and took 22 years off to concentrate on his family. He returned to C.A.P. in 2015 at the rank of First Lieutenant. During his C.A.P. years, he received the following recognitions: Unit Citation, Leadership Award, Achievement Award, Membership Award, Red Service Ribbon, Search and Rescue Ribbon, Commanders Commendation, Yeager Award, Air Force Organizational Excellence Award. Although Charlie never served himself, his father served overseas during World War II. Charles Sr. worked as part of a B-29 ground crew in Okinawa. Because of his father's service Charlie is a proud member of the S.A.L.'s of post 265. Charles was preceded in death by his parents, and his 2nd wife, Jennette A. Peters. He is survived by two sons, Jason and Tammi Peters and Charles (Steven) and Cindy Peters; two step-sons, Allan and Ann Bixby and Kenneth and Jackie Bixby; seven grandchildren, Kelly and Ryan Peters, Brent Oren, Tyler and Brooklyn Bixby, Emma and K.C.Bixby; and two great-grandchildren, Austyn and Landyn. Charles is also survived by his first wife, Penny Mellish. Entombment and committal services will take place at 12:00 pm on Friday October 9th, 2020, in Rolling Green Cemetery,1181 Carlisle Rd., Camp Hill with the Rev. Dr. Alan C. Wenrich, officiating. A viewing will be held on Friday from 10:00 am to 11:00 am in Wiedeman Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 357 S. Harrisburg St. Oberlin. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hummelstown American Legion, Post 265, 535 Walton Ave., Hummelstown, PA 17036, ATTN: Robert Richmond for Charlie Peters or the C.A.P. Ranger Program, www.capranger.org click the yellow Donate button at the very bottom right of the page, Choose HAWK MOUNTAIN RANGER SCHOOL for your donation, and when given the opportunity to add a note enter Charlie Peters.To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Charles Peters, Jr., please visit Tribute Store
Friday, October 9, 2020
Rolling Green Cemetery
1811 Carlisle Road
Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, United States