Harley Okko Peters, 97

Harley Okko Peters of Hudson passed away on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at Covenant Medical Center. Services will be held Hagerman Baptist Church on Saturday, August 30, 2014, at 11:30 AM. Visitation will be at Hagerman Baptist Church on Saturday, August 30, 2014 from 9:30 to 11:30 AM. Harley will be laid to rest in Riverside Cemetery in Shell Rock, Iowa.

Memorials may dedicated to the Hagerman Baptist Church. Condolences may be left at the website: www.overtonservice.com.

Harley Okko Peters was born on April 22, 1917, in Raymond, South Dakota, the son of Okko Benjamin and Mary Alice (Ward) Peters. He grew up in Sutter, Illinois, where he was saved at age 16 under his father’s preaching. He then graduated from Hamilton High School in Illinois. Harley attended Moody Bible Institute in Chicago and Northwestern Bible College in Minneapolis. On August 27, 1950, Harley was united in marriage to Doris Jones Rich in Monroe, Iowa. Harley was a Baptist pastor, serving congregations in Oskaloosa, Iowa; Lincoln, Montana; Spokane, Washington; Bridgeport, Washington; and Traer, Iowa. Harley also worked as a mechanic for Friedley Olds-Lincoln-Mercury in Waterloo, Coonradt Ford in Waverly, and had his own shop. He worked for Puralator Courier Service in Waterloo as well. After retiring from the ministry, Harley and Doris moved to Shell Rock, Iowa.

Harley enjoyed woodworking, photography, working on cars and tractors, and he was a member of Hagerman Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Doris; three sisters, Mildred Luder, Helen Swain, and Imogene Cooper; and two brothers, Murray and Harry Peters. Harley is survived by five children, Marilyn (Larry) Mason of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Larry (Linda) Peters of Chandler, Arizona, Shirley (Dave) Hulbert of Shell Rock, Iowa, Donald (Barb) Peters of State Center, Iowa, and David (Robin) Peters of Hudson, Iowa; two sisters, Verna Limkeman of Quincy, Illinois and Virginia Kaupert of Boise, Idaho; 22 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.