I just talked to him a few weeks ago. He was on his scooter riding on Main Street's sidewalk.
He did his usual teasing and I gave it right back, we chit chatted for a few minutes, and then off he went on his scooter.
He was ornery and cantankerous and completely annoyed some people but they simply didn't understand him.
Years ago he would help my uncle Melvin on the farm, and I believe he even worked for my dad a few times on our farm.
I visited with Joeboy every time we met and he always had something interesting to talk about with me - I considered him a good friend and will greatly miss his constant "harassing" he gave me, which was all in good fun!

That is what is so special about a small town like Manning...you know most everyone and those you don't know you still wave at and say hello to.

In Loving Memory Joseph Peters
May 24, 1937 - July 15, 2020

Joseph "Joe Boy" Peters, age 83, passed away at home Wednesday, July 15, 2020.
Visitation Monday, July 20, 2020 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Ohde Funeral Home, Manning, Iowa
Funeral Service Monday, July 20, 2020 - 12 Noon Ohde Funeral Home, Manning
Officiating Reverend Jose Shinoj
Recorded Music "On Eagle's Wings" "How Great Thou Art"
Casket Bearers: Joseph Peters, Jr., Bernard R. Peters, Sebastian X. Peters, Seth Peters, Edward Mashek, Eric Anderson
Interment with Military Honors at Ohde Funeral Home Monday, July 20, 2020
Military Honors
VFW Post 3517
American Legion Post 22
U.S. Army Honor Guard
Burial at a later date following cremation - Sacred Heart Cemetery, Manning

Joseph Michael, son of John and Mildred (Lappe) Peter, was born May 24, 1937, in Guthrie Center, Iowa. He was raised in Manning and attended school through the eighth grade. He then worked to support his family.

In September of 1954, Joe enlisted in the United States Army. He served in Germany with the 181st Airborne. After receiving his honorable discharge, Joe returned to the Midwest and lived in Omaha, Nebraska, where he drove truck and was a member of the teamsters. After he retired in 1995, Joe moved to Denison, Iowa, for a couple of years before buying a home in Manning, Iowa. In his retirement, Joe continued to drive truck, usually for local farmers.

Joe was a member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. His passion was motorcycles, especially BMW and Harley Davidson. In his younger years, he was a member of various motorcycle clubs.

After a couple months of declining health, Joe passed away peacefully at his home in Manning, Iowa on Wednesday, July 15, 2020. He was 83 years 1 month, and 21 days of age.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents John B. Peter and Mildred S. Lappe and two sisters Maryanne Walker and Pearl Farley. He is survived by his children: Joseph Peters Jr. and wife Carol of Fremont, Nebraska; Bernard Peters and wife Paula of Omaha, Nebraska; Lisa Peters of Omaha, Nebraska; Edward Maschek of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and Petrina Peters of Manning, Iowa; sister Joann Askevics of Omaha, Nebraska; several grandchildren, other relatives and friends.

1957 MHS graduates: Elke Bunz (valedictorian), Diane Dalgety, Richard Dammann, Raymond Fink, Darlene Genzen, Royce Genzen, Jon Groteluschen, Eugene Haberl (salutatorian), Janell Hansen, Ronald Hansen, Jeanette Henriksen, Ronald Hodne, Robert Horbach, Patricia Irlbeck, Dale Jansen, Larry Klocke, Kay Knobbe, Thomas Koon, Darlene Kruse, Robert Laverty, Alan Leinen, Betty Lengemann, Beverly Lerssen, Larry Lohrmann, Myra Meeves, Lenus Mundt, Dianne Nelson, Larry Nielsen, Catherine Nulle, Merlin Otto, Betty Peters, Larry Popp, Richard Popp, Shirley Puck, Warren Puck, Karen Rix, Karen Rowedder, Dennis Saunders, Gary Schroeder, Victor Schwiesow, Laurel Singsank, Marilyn Spieker, Richard Vehrs, AnnaBelle Vennink, Darlys Vollstedt, Vernon Wagner, Errol Wegner, Cleo Weller, Anna Zerwas, Larry Zerwas

1957 former students: Donald Abel, Elaine Ahrenholtz, Virginia Backhaus, Derald Barkalow, Dick Behrens, Fred Branning, Leon Brockelsby, Robert Doerning, Lyle Drees, Loy Fitz II, Kenneth Frahm, Leland Friedrichsen, James Fritz, Janice Hagedorn, Ronnie Hagedorn, Marilyn Hansen, Martha Hansen, Philip Hansen, Mary Himes, Jane Hinners, Jeanette Hugg, Roger Justice, Richard Kellogg, Phyllis Kienast, Harold Kinney, Sue Knisley, Neva Martens, Lance Masters, Glenn McLaughlin, Marsha Lou Ochsner, Joseph Peter, Roger Petersen, Craig Platter, Marilyn Richardson, Marlys Sander, Ronnie Schiltz, Linda Schumann, Katharine Shields, Cicily Ann Spicer, Terry Travis, Ruel Whitcher, Jr., Ronnie Wyatt

Joeboy helping with the Veterans' Memorial Wall 2003

Joeboy helping with the Veterans' Memorial Wall 2003

Joeboy with his daughter Petrina at her open house in 2018

Joeboy with his daughter

204 Main Street - the old laundromat - the old Loucks Apartments on left

Joe is also a Veteran...another one who I just didn't find time to sit down with and get his story.
Joe told me he had a military picture of his dad who served during WWI but he couldn't find it.
Hopefully his daughter will find it and other military information so I can include it in the Manning Veterans' history book.

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