Douglas E. Peters, 74, of Marion, Pennsylvania, passed away at home on May 21, 2022. He was born on October 29, 1947 and lived in Franklin County, PA for the majority of his life. He attended Paradise, a Catholic school for boys in Abbottstown, PA. In his teens, he attended Thaddeus Stevens Trade School in Lancaster, PA and graduated from Chambersburg Area Senior High in 1966.
Following high school, he was married and initially worked as a mechanic. He then visited much of the country during a truck driving career which spanned over 40 years, owning a semi rig for much of that time. He loved trying food during his travels like Cincinnati chili, beef sukiyaki and sopapillas.
Doug was a music lover. Some of his pursuits included being a drummer during the 70's and early 80's for local country bands: The New Horizons and Majestics. He also produced recordings for other local bands. He continued playing drums recreationally throughout his life.
Doug excelled at home brewing both beer and wine, long before the practice became popular. He also enjoyed concocting gourmet dishes to share with family and friends. Growing heirloom tomatoes and producing different sauces was another passion. Lawn care served as a relaxing counterbalance to the rigors of truck driving. It was common practice for him to not only mow his own grass but also the lawns of neighbors.
Doug was intrigued by the canal waterway systems in the region. Researching this history brought him much enjoyment. Locally, he navigated the Conococheague Creek, via raft and canoe, from Chambersburg to the Potomac River.
He was a pet lover, having a dog, cat or both most of his adult life. Other pursuits included creating model train layouts, cross stitch, and setting up home theater systems.
He was a man of strong Christian faith who contributed to many causes which served as guidance and support in his and others’ lives. In his final month, this conviction provided him comfort.
The word “unique” describes Doug well. He was a straightforward man, a drummer who marched to his own beat.
Doug is survived by his daughter Toshia Peters (Christian Lemay) of Pasadena, California and his son Doug Peters, Jr. (Carmien Ray) who lives in the Lewes, DE area. He was preceded in death by his mother Dorothy L. Peters.
The family will receive friends for a Celebration of Life on Saturday, June 4, from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Pavilion 1, Greene Township Park, 996 Elevator St, Chambersburg.