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Howard Nevin Peters

Born: Wed., Jun. 29, 1938
Died: Thu., May 28, 2020

Family to do services at later date

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      Howard Nevin Peters passed away at home on May 28, 2020.  Howard was born on June 29, 1938 in Hazleton, PA to Dr.Howard Eugene and Verna Catherine (Miller) Peters, who preceded him in death.  He was also preceded in death by his brother, Norman Eugene Peters. On August 24, 1963 in Yonkers NY he married his life's companion Judith (Griessel) Peters.  Together they raised two loving children, Nevin Edward (wife MaryBeth Milas) Peters and Elisabeth Anne Peters Prescott (husband Courtney).

     Howard graduated from Hazleton High School  and earned his B.A. at Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA.  He received a National Defense Education Act Fellowship for graduate study at the University of Colorado, Boulder where he earned a Ph.D in Comparative Literature.

     In 1965 Howard and Judith moved to Valparaiso IN. to teach at Valparaiso University.  Howard taught Spanish language and literature, creating unique ways for his students to grasp the ins and outs of Spanish grammar, and inspiring them to delve deeply into Spanish literature.  During his time at VU Howard served in various administrative positions, including Director of the Graduate Division and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, before returning to his first love, the classroom, where he completed his thirty years of dedication to VU.

       Howard's area of research and publication was Spanish drama, which took him frequently to Spain, which became like a second home.  He travelled there extensively, just recently completing his dream of journeying bit by bit around the entire periphery of the country.  His book of philosophical poetry, "Espejo de Son" ("Mirror of Sound") was published in Madrid in 1997.  

     Howard loved to sing, and his beautiful tenor voice graced his high school quartet, the Gettysburg College Choir, and for many years the choir of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Chesterton, where he was a long-time member.  

     Watching baseball was a favorite pastime, and Howard was a life-long dedicated Pittsburgh Pirates fan through thick and thin (mostly thin).  He loved to work outdoors on his property, trimming, mowing, digging, planting, and then relaxing and enjoying the view.  But no enjoyment compared with time spent with his two special grandchildren, Miller and Augusten Peters, playing baseball, going on expeditions, and working together in the yard.  He also gave thanks daily for his two devoted children, Elisabeth and Nevin.

   Together Howard and Judith enjoyed travelling, and were privileged to visit many countries in Europe, Africa and Latin American, as well as exploring many of the wonders of the USA.

     Howard's smile could, and did, brighten anyone's day and he will be sorely missed by fellow church members, colleagues, friends near and far, and by his family.

      A private family burial service will be held, and, at a future date, a celebration of life service.  Memorials may be made to Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 2050W 1100N, Chesterton IN 46304 or to Kids Alive International, 2507 Cumberland Drive, PO Box 2117, Valparaiso IN 46384.

Professional arrangements are entrusted to the White-Love Funeral Home, Chesterton, IN. Memories may be shared at: www.whitelovefuneralhome.com. 

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Don and Billie Burrus
   Posted Sun May 31, 2020
Dear Judith, We just heard of your loss while listening to the streaming Bethlehem service on 1 June 2020. May the Holy Spirit give you comfort. Sorry we cannot be with you and your family in person. For the past 2 years, we have been living here in St. George, UT with our 2 sons, Barry and Burny. If you are ever here in the Southwest corner of Utah, stop in for a visit.

Praise the Lord, Don & Billie 219-331-3640

Roger Greene
   Posted Sun May 31, 2020
Dear Judith,
Please know that your grief is shared by everyone who knew your husband Howard. He was a rare and wonderful man: a man of Literature, of Music, of Art - who generously shared his love and his knowledge and talents with his students, his friends and his family. Valparaiso university and Bethlehem Lutheran Church have been blessed by his presence and with his gifts. Rest in peace dear friend - I'll play a song for you!

Reggie Korthals
   Posted Wed June 03, 2020
Judith and Family,

I am so sorry for your loss. have such fond memories of Howard and working together at Bethlehem .
He always had a kind word whenever we met!!
Lots of prayers for everyone.

Reggie Korthals

Erik and Sarah Olson
   Posted Sat June 20, 2020
Dear Judith and Family,
We’re so sorry to hear of your loss. Howard was a remarkable man. You are all in our thoughts.

Melissa Abraham
   Posted Wed July 01, 2020
Dear Ms. Peters -
It's been many years since I've seen you both, and yet I remember you and Howard so fondly. You were both always generous with your time and conversation, and encouraging to a young person still finding her way. I always looked forward to spending time at your home. My good friendship with Lis aside, you and Howard created a warm environment where laughter and interesting conversation were the norm. I admit, I often wished my own father were like Howard, and I will forever carry with me his generosity of spirit, his quiet kindness, and his emotional intelligence. He will be so very missed. My love to you, Lis and Nevin.

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