Wednesday, July 13, 2016

William Howard Peters 1912 - 1981

William Howard Peters was born in Illinois on March 4, 1909 to James E Peters and Mary Elizabeth Wood.

He married Lois Elizabeth Richey, from Nebraska,  on September 24, 1930 in Los Angeles, CA.  In the 1940 census William was a contractor who owned his own business.  He lived with Lois and their son, Leland, who was born in 1938.  Lee had four children. He now lives in Santa Clara with his second wife, Lisa.  The mother of his children is deceased. 

Howard graduated in Business Administration from Stanford University and volunteered for military service. He attended officer training school and then served on the Pacific Front for thirty months.  Hazel met William Howard Peters in Phoenix, Arizona, in 1941.  When he returned from WWII in 1945, he married Hazel Butler July 14, 1945 in Pasadena, CA.

Hazel Butler was the fifth child of John Topham and Susan Elizabeth Redd Butler.  She was born in 1912 in Douglas, Arizona. Two years later the family moved to Lehia, Arizona. She attended school in Arizona and graduated from the Arizona State Teachers College in Education in 1934. She taught school in Mesa, Arizona.

The Peters had two children who grew up in Glendale, California. Hazel was active in community and LDS Church activities. Howard served as a city council member and mayor of Glendale in the 1960s. Howard passed away in 1981.

My dad did not join the church until Dennis left on his mission.  Interesting story but the summary is Dennis was getting ready to go on his mission. I think he already had his call, but not sure.  Wendell Noble talked to Dennis after church and said you know I feel you should ask your dad to be baptized. Go home and pray about it, so Dennis did and asked my dad and he said yes. Quite a story.  I was at BYU at the time. Of course,  I came home for the baptism.  He was baptized August 31, 1968.  Susan P

After her husband's death, Hazel traveled and won ballroom dancing competitions. Both Howard and Hazel requested that half their gift of property be given to the Redd Center and her parents' endowment. Hazel passed away in 1995.



Howard, Glendale High School graduation, 1927

On the front step, a slice of watermelon, a slice of life at The Farm circa 1953.

Left to right Donna LaValley Duckworth ( I think she now goes by Lynn LaValley) Cheryl North might know then and Tina then Deloris Poer, Norene Shurtliff, and Kathy Gilgen Brown.

LtoR Dennis, Susan, Christine, Carver

1940 census: