Robert A. “Bob” Peters passed away December 12, 2020 at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness, Florida after experiencing a battle with Covid-19. Bob was a retired Cuyahoga Falls Police Officer, serving nearly 30 years working with the school patrol, school crossing guards, Law Enforcement Explorers, the Police Reserves and serving as the Ranger Officer. He was a nationally recognized ace marksman. After his retirement he enjoyed sitting on his deck overlooking East Harbor and wintering in Florida.
Bob was an avid boater and enjoyed taking boat trips with his many friends from Bass Haven. He probably got this love of boating after traveling across the ocean with his mother on the Queen Mary as a child. He loved hot rods, fast cars, planes and motorcycles. He earned his pilot license in his 60’s and was still actively riding his motorcycles at age 85. Bob could fix or build anything. If he didn’t have a tool for it, he made one. He was famous for saying “let’s make a gig for it.” This came from his years as a machinist and finish carpenter in his younger days. He was an active member of the Moose Club, the Eagles and the Elks Lodge 1718 where he enjoyed socializing and sharing his many jokes.
Bob was a man who enjoyed life and loved to teach others what he knew often serving as a mentor. His children are very grateful for everything he taught them and will hold that knowledge for the rest of their lives. He was a man’s man and lived life to the fullest every day, some even considered him their hero.
Robert was preceded in death by his wife of 40 years, Mary Ann who he missed dearly since her passing in 1998; parents Howard and Elanor (Goodall) Peters. Bob and Mary Ann are famously remembered for their annual Christmas Eve parties. He is survived by his children, Robert Jr. (Faith) Peters, Alice (Jerry) Francini, Loretta (Ray) Traster; grandchildren, Sarah Peters, Jennifer (Johnny) Lee, Carol (Joshua) Spangler, Vincent Francini; 4 great-grandchildren; and many loving nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank all the health care workers during these hard times, especially those at Citrus Memorial Hospital. A private funeral service will be held at Clifford-Shoemaker Funeral Home and interment will take place at Oakwood Cemetery. A Celebration of Life will take place at a later date, it will be one heck of a party. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you make a donation to your favorite charity.
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