MOTT — Memorial services for Leonard Peters, 83, Mott, will be held at 10:30 a.m. MST today, Dec. 23, at St. Vincent’s Catholic Church, Mott. Fr. Charles Zins will officiate. Urn burial will take place at a later date at Sunnyslope Cemetery, Mott.

Rosary/wake services were held Wednesday at the church.

Leonard Peters was born  Sept. 7, 1927, to Katherine (Burghart) and Fred Peters. He spent his childhood years on a farm north of Burt. Leonard attended Burt Elementary School.

He enlisted in the United States Army where he received his GED. He served for several tours of duty, most memorably in the Panama Canal Zone; eventually he earned the rank of sergeant. After his honorable discharge he enrolled in the Wahpeton School of Science. Leonard graduated on May 27, 1960, with his associates degree in auto mechanics. He then worked as a mechanic in several implement businesses.

Throughout his life Leonard had a love of machines, especially tractors and pickups. But being the oldest of twelve, Leonard’s life was defined by helping his parents support and raise his younger brothers and sisters. He was a kind and generous brother and uncle.

One striking memory we all have is his “Whoopy Rides.” These special rides consisted of a tour of Mott in his latest pickup and then ended with a stop for ice cream.

He spent the last years of his life at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home where he endeared himself to many there. We will all miss his smile.

Leonard Peters passed away at the West River Regional Medical Center in Hettinger, on Dec. 20, 2010.

Grateful for having shared in his life are his brothers, Robert, Idabelle, Okla., Kenneth, Mott, Fred (Carol), Dallas, Texas, Ted (Peggy), Bismarck, ND and Tom, Bismarck; his sisters, Claire (Gordon) Zimmel, Grand Rapids, Minn., Cathryn Peters, Rockford Ill., Rosalie (Del) Rowe, Rockford, Ill., Edith (Bob) Pederson, Coupeville, Wash., and Cheryl (Rick) McNeill, Mott; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Leonard was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Walter; and one nephew, Gordon “Butch” Zimmel Jr.

Condolences to Leonard’s family can be sent through our website at"> (Evanson-Jensen Funeral Home, Mott)