HANCOCK - Mark R. Peters, 63, of Hancock, died at his home on Veterans Day, Monday, November 11, 2013.
He was born on November 3, 1950, in Detroit to Frederick and Dorothy (Hendricks) Peters. After graduating from Lutheran High West in Detroit, Mark enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served a tour of duty in Vietnam. After an honorable discharge from the Marines, Mark began his lifelong career in law enforcement. He began as an officer for the Detroit City Police Department. Following that, he relocated to the Copper Country with his family. He worked first for the Houghton City Police, then the Houghton County Sheriff's Department, and finally with the Michigan State Police. While with the State Police Mark became a member of the Michigan Emergency Support Team. He took great pride in being a part of this elite group.
Following an early retirement from the MSP, he served a term on the Hancock City Council, and he served 22 years with the Hancock School Board. Due to declining health, Mark resigned from the school board two months prior to his passing. To all who knew Mark, his greatest love in life were his grandchildren and his dogs. He was also a member of the National Rifle Association.
He married Mary (Strang) Peters in Detroit on July 15, 1972.
Besides his parents, he was also preceded in death by a brother, Frederick.
He is survived by his wife, Mary; sons, Matthew (Amy) Peters and Mark W. Peters; a daughter, Marcia (Jason) Martin; a brother, Gregory (Kathy) Peters; and grandchildren, Jaxon, Riley, Alannah, Matthew, Madalynn, Marshall and Maxwell.
Friends may pay their respects to his family at the Gordon G. Barkell Elementary School in Hancock on Friday, November 15, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
A private family memorial service will follow Mark's visitation.
Mark always had a love for animals, so in lieu of flowers please consider donating to the Copper Country Humane Society, PO Box 453, Houghton, MI 49931 or to the Hancock Public Schools Foundation, 501 Campus Dr., Hancock, MI 49930 in his memory.
The O'Neill-Dennis Funeral Home in Hancock has been assisting with the arrangements.
Please go to oneilldennisfh.com to leave online condolences,