Kuiper Funeral Home


John Gerard Peters

January 12, 1961February 14, 2021

The beautiful soul of John Peters departed from his earthly journey at the 3:00 Hour of Mercy on Valentine's Day! As he journeys on to his Real Home to join with the most loving hearts of Jesus and Mary, may a bit of John's love remain in each of the hearts he touched while he walked with us!

John was born in January 1961 to Peter and Dolores Peters who loved him dearly! He was a loving husband to his wife, Sue; a caring Dad and Father-in-law to Dan (Pam) Peters, Emily (Brian) Fisher, and Seth (Mallory) Peters; an awesome Grandpa John to Benny, Sophia, and Wyatt; and had a special heart for Chewy the Wauzer.

John will be deeply missed by his kind brothers and their wives: Jim (Karen), Joe (Cheryl), Larry (Sharon), and Ken (Sherrie) Peters; his caring brother-in-laws and sister-in-laws: Bill, Dave (Cindy), and Jim (Tammy) Blahunka; as well as by his many special nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was also loved by his dearly departed Father & Mother-in-law, Ted and Arlene Blahunka.

John will also be missed by all those who were like family to him especially his neighbors, GATX co-workers, vanpool riders, church friends, and those who have become extended family to us through marriages.

John taught us all a lot of things to help us live through this life, and he lived what he taught! He made us all proud to know him! His faith, family, working hard, and being out in nature were what was important to him! He never was a quitter and always moved forward! He was indeed a very Good Man and a blessing to us all!!!

Please - instead of flowers, share some extra love and kindness to those around you or make a donation to a charity close to your heart! Also since John shared his beautiful gift of music by playing the piano and organ for many years at Our Lady of Grace and other area churches, if you would like to make a donation to Our Lady of Grace Church for the organ fund in John's memory, it will be greatly appreciated so the music can continue on! A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:30 A.M. Saturday, March 6, 2021 DIRECTLY at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church (3025 Highway Avenue), Highland, IN. Private burial. Due to the pandemic and for everyone's safety, the family has decided not to have a luncheon after the funeral services.

Friends may visit with the family Friday, March 5, 2021 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Kuiper Funeral Home, 9039 Kleinman Rd (two blocks south of Ridge Rd), Highland, IN

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Peters family.


5 March


4:00 pm - 7:00 pm (next day)

Kuiper Funeral Home

Room A - B

9039 Kleinman Rd
Highland, Indiana 46322

6 March

A Mass of Christian Burial

11:30 am

Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church

3025 Highway Ave.
Highland, IN 46322


John Gerard Peters

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Janet Csonka

February 25, 2021

Dearest Sue and family, John and I go back to the year 2002 when I received his name from Pace as a vanpool driver as I needed a way to travel downtown. While speaking to him, I realized he also worked for GATX so it worked out perfect for me and later my husband Jeff joined the group. I always enjoyed walking with John back to our parking garage because he was more my speed. Sometimes along the way, I'd turn my head for a second and he'd be gone. He'd be picking up a can or two or three along the way. As so many others mentioned, he loved to tell a story about his hobbies or his family and I enjoyed hearing all of them! He was always anxious to hear if we caught any fish on our annual fishing trip to Wisconsin. Sometimes in the office, I'd go stretch my legs and would end up over on that end of the building and talk to John. We would start talking about work, but then the conversation would shift to other things and after a few minutes of chit chat, and a few heads turning.....I let him get back to work. I will always remember John as a dear friend and co-worker and he will truly be missed by all!!

We send our deepest condolences to you and your family!
Warmest regards,
Janet & Jeff

Karyn Staresinich

February 23, 2021

I worked with John at GATX. He was a special person. He was always willing to provide guidance when needed. He took the time to make sure you understood and was always there to help. John loved his family. As everyone has said I feel like I know them all. His love of fishing and hunting were evident in the stories he told. I remember the presentation he gave and he put ducks on a couple of the slides. He thought that was so funny. He was always laughing and putting people at ease.That was the kind of guy he was. I will miss all the stories. He will truly be missed at GATX.

My condolences to his family and loved ones.

Angie Roa

February 23, 2021

Dear family of John,
I worked with John at GATX, he was one of my favorite friends at work. We would always talk about our families and how much love he had for his children, grandchildren and his beloved wife Sue. I loved how he would address "Sue" in our conversations to make me feel like I knew her personally and his entire family. It made me realize what a great family man John was. He would love to share his fishing stories and I sure learned a lot. I was astonished as to how passionate he was about his favorite hobbies, he always made me think that I needed to live life more like John. John will be greatly missed but I am fortunate and glad that I was able to have that time at work with him. I am sending my heartfelt condolences to the family and friends John. Warmest Regards, Angie Roa

Arielle Kresich

February 23, 2021

Hi, my name is Arielle and I'm the receptionist at GATX where John worked. John was always so so kind to me from the first day I started work until I last saw him. He loved to share his adventures that he had outdoors with his family and spoke so fond of his family. Once we got on the topic of cicadas (not sure how this occurred) I expressed to him my extreme fear of bugs. He would always tease me and tell me he was going to bring in a big cicada to work and place it on my desk. I was never quite sure how serious he was about this lol But, he definitely helped make work more entertaining. He would always call to check in on me to see if I was doing ok. He was one of the most kindest men I've had the pleasure of meeting and he will be missed dearly. My heart goes out to all the family members and friends of John.

Joseph Darmon

February 20, 2021

Dearest Sue and Family
My heartfelt sympathy goes out to you and your family during this difficult time. John had many hardship times in his life but God gave him the gift of music and music is praying without words. In this time of sadness, may you see God in the face of friends and family. Hear him in their voices and feel him in the touch of their hands.
May time heal your heart and memories your soul.

Jim Torres

February 19, 2021

Like many who have already shared their memories of John, I will always remember him as a kind, caring and overall great person to be around. I unfortunately was only able to get to know John over the past couple years after joining GATX, but he's a person who made a quick impression! Such a genuinely good-hearted man, filled with positivity and made sure to spread that to others. I personally love corny jokes, so I always looked forward to when John was leading a meeting because you knew there would be a couple peppered in there. He will be dearly missed and my deepest condolences to his family.

Carole & Jim Donner

February 19, 2021

Throughout the years John shared his gifts of love through music and his genuine kindness and his dry sense of humor even in the hardest situations. Many years ago during his recoupment from the car accident he joked about not catching much but a lot of "walking aids". His positivity was contagious and uplifting. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Thomas Rosen

February 19, 2021

Those of us who attended the Saturday vigil mass at Our Lady of Grace Church in Highland were blessed to have heard John play the Piano and Organ. His love of music and talent were a gift he gave to us all. I will cherish it forever in my memories.

My prayers and condolences to John's family and all his loved ones.

Maggie Zero

February 18, 2021

John was a great coworker and friend and will be missed dearly. He was such a hard worker, but never forgot to appreciate life to the fullest. One of my favorite presentations to this day was one where John was providing a technical update to the Engineering group, but still managed to sneak deer and ducks into various slides with perfect execution. He was such a knowledgeable, friendly and positive person.
My thoughts and prayers go out to all of John’s family.

Mike Wall

February 18, 2021

What a joy it was for me to get to work with John over the past 8+ years at GATX. He was one of the most genuine and positive people I have had the pleasure of knowing. I will miss all the stories he would tell that turned 30 minute meetings into 60 minute meetings, and I will miss the laughs that we shared as friends. He definitely made the office a better place to be.

My prayers are with all of John's family.