ENID, Okla. —
August 21, 1918 — October 12, 2012
Curtis Risinger Peters, 94, of Cherokee, Okla., joined his beloved wife Averille in heaven on Friday, Oct. 12, 2012. Visitation 10 a.m. to 8 p.m today, Oct. 16, 2012, with family present from 6-8 p.m. A wake service will be 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, in the hall at St. Cornelius Catholic Church, officiated by Father James Wickersham. Mass of Christian burial will follow at 2 p.m. in St. Cornelius Catholic Church and burial will follow in Cherokee Municipal Cemetery under the direction of Lanman Funeral Home Inc. of Cherokee.
Condolences may be shared at www.lanmanmemori als.com.
Curtis “Pete” Risinger Peters, the youngest of three children, was born Aug. 21, 1918, in Cordell, Okla., to Pearl L. Risinger Peters and Hood M. Peters.
He met the love of his love, Averille Jane Brown, while at Cordell High and went on to graduate in 1936. Following graduation, he attended Draughn’s Business College and Harding College, where he played collegiate basketball.
On Aug. 21, 1939, he married Averille in Cordell. They lived in Oklahoma City, where they attended Hills Business College. In early 1940, they moved to San Diego, Calif., where he worked for Consolidated Aircraft, building the B-29. After the Pearl Harbor attack, they moved to Wichita, Kan., and worked for Beech Aircraft, continuing work on the B-29.
In March 1944, he was inducted into the Army and served under General Patton at Third Army Headquarters in the European Theater. During his service, he received four battle stars. He was transferred to the 358th Fighter Group, where he mapped ground troops for the squadrons. His work with the pilots greatly reduced incidents of friendly fire. In June 1946, he was honorably discharged.
Once home, they moved to Stillwater, where he attended Oklahoma A&M College. It was there he and Averille welcomed their only child, Kathleen Dianne, who had him wrapped around her finger and will always call him “daddy.”
After receiving his BS and his master’s in vocational agriculture in 1949, he relocated his family to Lambert, where he taught Vo-Ag for 16 years. He then taught at Capron for two years and Cherokee for seven years. During this time, he taught three Star Farmers of Oklahoma, four District Star Farmers and five state officers. In 1974, he transferred to the Helena State Training School for Boys and retired in 1980.
He was a member of the National FFA Alumni, Alva Golf and Country Club, Oklahoma Educators Association, Cherokee Rod and Gun Club, Cherokee Chamber of Commerce, American Legion of Foreign Wars and St. Cornelius Catholic Church. He was an Honorary American Farmer and always spoke fondly of his many successful Vo-Ag students.
Besides his military and career successes, Curtis loved and played nearly all sports offered during his day and was a man of many hobbies, including golfing, fishing, bowling and assisting his grandchildren with showing animals when they were in 4-H and FFA.
Curtis is survived by his daughter, Kathleen and husband Tom Means of Edmond; grandchildren, Janelle Means Hickey and husband CDR Brad Hickey of Atsugi, Japan, Katrina Means Shaklee and husband J.D. Shaklee of Edmond; Tommy Curtis Means and wife Jennifer Adams Means of Edmond; and seven great-grandchildren, Sean Hickey, Ryan Hickey, Kian Hickey, Callahan Shaklee, Katharine Shaklee, Taylor Means and Gracey Means.
Preceding him in death was the love of his life, Averille Brown Peters; great-grandson, Bradley Curtis Hickey; his parents; and two sisters, Blanche Strealy and Dolora Shofner.
The family would also like to give special thanks to Frank Mach for his wonderful caring and assistance to Curtis during the last years.
Memorials may be made to March of Dimes, Oklahoma Chapter, through the funeral home.
(Submitted by family)
ENID, Okla. —
August 21, 1918 — October 12, 2012
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