Nade Otis Peters

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Nade Otis Peters

October 15, 1925 - August 26, 2018

Nade Otis Peters was born October, 15, 1925, in Walcott, Iowa, and died peacefully and without regret on August 26, 2018, in Frontenac, Mo., at the age of 92.
He was happily accepted in marriage by Nancy Jane Crowley of Berkeley, Mo., in 1956. She unhappily preceded him in death in 2010 after a lengthy and debilitating illness.
Nade was the last of four children born to Dr. Arthur and Mrs. Jane Peters, Dorothy Mae, Edward Frank, and Dr. James Arthur, all of whom are deceased.
Nade leaves five children, Dr. Edward (Angela), Andrew (Jennie), Timothy (Ling), Linda and Susan (Dr. Russell Henderson). His extended family also includes 14 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Nade was privileged to have spent several years of his early youth in the idyllic environment of Greenup - a small southern Illinois town with a (then) swimmable river! His high school years in Danville, Ill., during the early 1940s were cut short of graduation by "greetings" from President Franklin Roosevelt, with an "invitation" to join him in World War II.
During the war, Nade served in the U.S. Army with duty in Europe. In 1950, he graduated from Northwestern University (with the grateful assistance of the G.I. Bill), and was employed in St. Louis at McDonnell-Douglas Corporation for nearly 40 years. He worked at MDC in the Engineering Laboratories, in Airplane Advanced Design, and, for 20 years, served as the editor of a technical magazine distributed to military users of the corporation's fighter aircraft.
Nade was a founder, mentor and Associate Fellow of the St. Louis Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication. He was a long-time volunteer in the Cub, Boy and Girl Scouts of St. Louis, and an enthusiastic supporter of all the athletic activities of his children, often, according to them, somewhat too vociferously. Nade greatly enjoyed traveling, both in his work and with his family, especially in searching out ancestral connections in Germany for himself and in Ireland for his colleen.
All-in-all and upon reflection, Nade often expressed himself as having, at least in his opinion, used his allotted years reasonably well, and leaves the future to those who will experience it. And at his conclusion, he respectfully requests all who knew him to honor the phrase that essentially governed his life: "This, too, shall pass." He experienced many more good times than bad, but they all passed - including this one.
In accordance with his wishes, and because he has somehow managed to outlive most of his peers, there will be no visitation. Interment with Nancy at beautiful Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery will be private. He welcomes a visit should you ever find yourself in the neighborhood.
Published on August 27, 2018
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Tia and Jarod
Aug 30, 2018
My sincere condolences to Sue, Russ, Jack and Maddie. Your dad and grand dad was and is an amazing man. We are so honored to have met him and share in his wisdom if even for a couple of hours. We will always remember that moment. May God continue to bless you and shower you with peace.

Continued Blessings!
Jane Ferber
Aug 29, 2018
I met and knew this wonderful man through Adams Memorials. He brought a longtime high school friend in who needed to make arrangements for a monument. Nade had driven all the way up from St. Louis to do this with her. She only lived down the street from my office in apartments. The two of them were fascinating. They were in high school with Dick VanDyke so I got some great stories about those days at Danville High. When she passed Nade came again and made the arrangements to have her death date added. Later he made another trip to see me in order to make arrangements for another friend of his from years past to have a monument. He was going to pay for the monument, pick it up here an...d transport it to northern Illinois or Michigan to the daughter of his friend so she could now have it installed. We emailed back and forth but the last time I emailed him I got no response. That's been awhile back now. Today I saw his obituary. Whoever wrote it did a beautiful fitting tribute to my friend too, Mr. Nade Peters.Read more
Wendy Hartmann
Aug 29, 2018
I would like to extend my condolences to the family and especially to Sue and Russ. I enjoyed reading about your dad's life. Sounds like he was an amazing man and will be deeply missed.
May God bless your family with peace, comfort and fond memories.
Wendy Hartmann
Tracy LaValley
Aug 29, 2018
I didn't know Nade very long, but he was an amazing add to our family when my brother very wisely married Sue. He was such an interesting and engaging conversationalist and we were blessed to share our holidays with him He will always be lobed missed.
Mary Koeller
Aug 28, 2018
Hi Linda, I’m so sorry for your lose of your Dad. His obit is perfect and we should all follow his example. It sounds like a life well lived. Although he didn’t say it, I’m sure he appreciate all the loving care you gave him and your Mom. You were truly blessed.
Beatriz Moisset (Iza)
Aug 28, 2018
I will always remember those St. Louis Christmases.
Peggy Baker
Aug 28, 2018
Uncle Nade was a kind gentle man who loved his wife, family and his country. He lived well and was a humble and had a wonderful sense of humor. I will miss hearing his great family stories. Rest in peace.
Speak of me as you have always done.
Remember the good times, laughter, and fun.
Share the happy memories we've made.
Do not let them wither or fade.
I'll be with you in the summer's sun
And when the winter's chill has come.
I'll be the voice that whispers in the breeze.
I'm peaceful now, put your mind at ease.
I've rested my eyes and gone to sleep,
But memories we've shared are yours to keep.
Sometimes our final days may be a test,
But remember me wh
...en I was at my best.
Although things may not be the same,
Don't be afraid to use my name.
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