James "Jim" Allen Peters

March 25, 1955April 13, 2021

James Allen Peters, age 66, passed away on April 13, 2021 after a long battle with a rare form of dementia.

He was born on March 25, 1955 in Muskegon, Michigan to Ardis and Richard Peters. He grew up in North Muskegon with his beloved brothers, Bob and John. It was here he developed his deep love and passion for running and for cars. He demonstrated his early passion for cars by taking a summer class in auto mechanics well before he was even old enough to drive. These passions stayed with him for a lifetime.

After high school he went on to Michigan State University where he earned his undergraduate degree. He married Debi Smith on September 30, 1978. While their marriage ended in divorce, their love and commitment to their 4 children never diminished. Later he would continue his studies at Notre Dame where he earned his MBA. Jim had a long successful career in the automotive industry keeping him connected to his love for cars. It was through this career that he had the opportunity to travel around the world. While he was missed at home, his kids eagerly awaited the souvenirs and candy he would bring upon his return. From sweatshirts to dolls and always a Toblerone bar and gummy bears, the gifts were simply an opportunity to sit with their dad and hear of his recent experiences. A gifted storyteller, Jim made every trip sound like an adventure. For business entrepreneurial “fun” he dabbled in small enterprises with his brother and helped his father start Peters Auto Sales dealing mostly in older cars and classics.

Outside of work Jim was committed to ensuring his family and even their friends had a multitude of experiences. Together they enjoyed late night swims, trips to warm places, lessons in driving and changing tires, bon fires, decadent meals, college football tailgates, and boisterous games of basketball in the backyard.

He would often try to recruit others to join him in running as well; however, the reality was that no one else could keep up. Jim’s running skills included a rare combination of speed and endurance. In high school, he was part of a mile relay team that set the high school record that stood for over three decades, and even as he battled the ongoing stages of dementia, he completed a full 26.2 mile marathon in his late 50’s. Jim valued endurance in everything he did. He demonstrated it in his life, his career, his running and battling his final illness.

His legacy lives on in the memories he made, the wisdom he imparted, the generosity he modeled, and the love he gave. Jim is remembered as an ethical, hardworking, charismatic, competitive, and magnanimous man with a compassionate heart. Jim was generous with his time and gifts to charity. He donated to many causes over the years. The thing he was most proud of was his role, along with his family, in establishing the Robert L. Peters Strength and Training Center at North Muskegon High School in honor of his beloved brother.

He is survived by his mother, Ardis Peters, brother, John (Karen) Peters, former spouse, Debi Smith-Taylor, children, Tiffany (Logan) Creager, Jamie (Holly Miller) Peters, Philip (Jill Harrison) Peters, Rick (Sonja) Peters, former spouse, Ragini Saxena and daughter Ashima Peters, and grandchildren: Piper and Hadley Creager and Natalia Peters and grand doggies Suzie Q and Brinkley. Waiting for him in Paradise is his father, Dick Peters, his brother Bob Peters, and his best friend Tim. A private memorial will be held at a later date.

Leppert Mortuary – Carmel Chapel, Carmel, Indiana assisting with arrangements. To share a memory, please visit


  • Robert L. Peters Strength and Training Center


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James "Jim" Allen Peters

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Jerald Brevick

April 20, 2021

Jim is the centerpiece of countless treasured memories; high school varsity basketball, Perri's Shell, Thunderbird Race Track, and many other automobile-related experiences. In keeping with his generous, gregarious, and out-going spirit, in 1971, Jim befriended the "new kid in town" and welcomed me to the North Muskegon environment. For this I am forever grateful.

Dianne Bramer

April 19, 2021

When I said oh my goodness in my previous message.
I want to include that this is beautifully written.
He loved his family.
My thoughts and prayers are with you 🙏

Dianne Bramer

April 19, 2021

Oh my goodness.
My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
I have many good memories of Jim.
He and I shared many trips to the snack bar getting cookies and rootbeer floats.
I always would make sure he got his sweets. He was such a kind person and
I miss him. We shared many talks about his family pictures in his photo album.
He loved his family. He talked about his car collection. God bless you all.

Anne Soderman

April 17, 2021

What a special man he was. Jim had the most beautiful, warm smile and funny sense of humor.
Sending my love to Ardis and John and family. Am thinking about all of you and so, so sorry for your loss.

Anne Soderman

Michael Whitted

April 16, 2021

Jimmy was the kindest gentlemen with whom i have ever worked! He was a great friend and mentor. He will be profoundly missed!!

J. Michael Whitted

Roberta S Fleischmann

April 16, 2021

To The Peters Family,
Please accept my deepest sympathy and condolences. May your memories of Jim fill your hearts with gladness and being you peace and comfort. The family will be in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
Roberta S. Fleischmann

Rick Homan

April 16, 2021

To the Family of Jim... It is with a heavy heart I learn of the passing of such a wonderful young man. I have known Jim from the time he was just a little neighborhood boy living just a block away. As we grew older, I could always tell Jim was destined for greater things in life and he proved that to be very true. He was accomplished in sports at North Muskegon High School as well as his studies. This handsome young energetic man seemed to know that his knowledge, wisdom, personality, and dedication to so many things were going to escalate him to much greater opportunities in life and, in fact, it did! Jim was 5 years my junior but I always considered him a friend. But as life would have it we both went on to our educational passions and then to our careers and had not seen each other in many years. Suddenly, we found ourselves working for the same corporation, working in the same field and capacity but for differnt business units. We rekindled old relationships through numerous phone calls discussing many things from basketball to world travels and everything in between. The world lost a great one, but I am sure his legacy will live on through his children!

Kam Heathcote

April 15, 2021

Many a summer evening were shared with Jim and family. These evenings were always filled with laughter, children running and playing, adults running and playing as well - with Jim often leading the way - food, and beer!
Jim was a kind and caring man, with a gentle soul. He loved his family and friends dearly.
While he is no longer with us physically, his spirit lives on in his beloved family. It fills my heart with quiet joy to know he is at peace and no longer bound by the disease that took him from us all.
My love to his entire family.

Leslie Smith

April 15, 2021

Jim had the kindest heart ever, and I will never forget his generous spirit. My Love, to the whole family, and prayers to get through this difficult time....Peace........ God Bless