Peaceful 09

William E. Peters

July 13, 1944 ~ January 23, 2021 (age 76)


William Everett "Bill" Peters, formally of Danville, passed away peacefully at his home in Champaign at 5:17 am, Saturday, January 23, 2021.

Bill was born in Villa Grove on July 13, 1944. He was the son of James Marlie Peters and Minnie Florence (Phillips) Peters. He married Ruth Anderson on November 25, 1972. She survives.

He is also survived by his son: James, from a previous marriage, his son: Chris; daughter: Brenna; brothers: Mike (Jessica) and Jeff (Bev); sister-in-law: Josie (Mike) Wagoner; two brother-in-laws: Dave and Steve Anderson; and many nieces and nephews and their families. 

Bill was preceded in death by his mother and father and his sisters: Peggy and JoAnn; and one brother: Jim.

Bill worked at Meadow Gold Ice Cream on University in Champaign and for JSM at the U of I. Bill retired from Hobbico. He loved dogs; especially Rags and Lizzy. He was a fan of the St. Louis Louis Cardinals, the Chicago White Sox, the Chicago Bears, and the Illini. He enjoyed reading newspapers, watching CNN, and watching the "Gunsmoke Channel" as he called it. 

He worked hard for his family. By nature, he was a little grouchy (he admitted it), but he was also sweet, funny, loving, and thoughtful. 

The family would like to thank the staff at the OSF Critical Care Unit, OSF 7th floor, and OSF Home Hospice Care. 

Donations may be made to the Champaign County Humane Society (, and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital (



No services to be held


Champaign County Humane Society
1911 E. Main Street, Urbana IL 61802

St Jude Children's Research Hospital
262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis TN 38105

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