Luke K. Peters80, Longenecker’s Hatchery employee, avid gardener

By on January 25, 2012

Luke K. Peters, 80, of Manheim, went home to be with his Lord Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012 at Hospice of Lancaster County Mount Joy.

Born in Rapho Township, he was the son of the late Willis R. and Alice Kready Peters.

Luke worked for Longenecker’s Hatchery Inc., Elizabethtown; previously he was employed for the former Musser’s Hatchery in Mount Joy. He was the loving husband of Lois Brubaker Peters and they would have observed their 58th wedding anniversary in February of this year. Luke was a very faithful, active and committed member of Manheim Mennonite Church and helped operate the sound system and many projects at the church. He had a passion for vegetable gardening and growing fruit trees and had an expert knowledge of gardening. Luke operated a 13-acre hobby farm in Rapho Township; he also volunteered as a 4-H Leader working with youth in vegetable gardening and raising strawberries. His interests included: making cider, butchering, barbecue chicken and talking to people.

Surviving in addition to his wife are four daughters: Karen P., wife of Carl S. Mentzer, of Manheim; Joanne, wife of Timothy O’Connell, of Singapore; Irene B., wife of Steven Villanueva, of Lebanon; Audrey B., wife of Timothy S. Winters, of Elizabethtown; seven grandchildren; two brothers: John K., husband of Orpha Peters, of Manheim; Raymond K., husband of Becky Peters, of Elizabethtown; and a sister: Ruth, wife of Allen Zendt, of Mifflintown.

Preceding her in death is a brother: Paul K. Peters; and three sisters: Anna K. Peters, Esther K. Miller and Lois K. Peters.

His funeral service was held from the Manheim Mennonite Church on Jan. 21. Interment took place in East Fairview Church of the Brethren Cemetery, Rapho Township.

Those desiring may send contributions in Luke’s memory to the Manheim Mennonite Church Building Fund, 201 W. High St., Manheim, PA 17545 or Hospice of Lancaster County, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125.

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