Thomas W. Peters, 80, of Blades, died Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2010.

Friends of the late Thomas W. “Pete” Peters, 80, of Blades, may call on the family at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, at the Torbert Funeral Chapel, 1145 E. Lebanon Road, Dover, where services will begin at 10 a.m.

Mr. Peters died Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2010.

Born Aug. 31, 1929, on Narberth, Pa., he was the son of the late Lester Peters and Eleanor Sailor Peters.

Mr. Peters was a 21-year veteran of the United States Air Force, where he served as a flight engineer. He retired at the rank of technical sergeant.

He followed his Air Force career with a 20-year career with the state of Delaware where he was sign shop supervisor in the traffic section of the Department of Transportation until 1991. Prior to that, Mr. Peters was a technical illustrator working on the Apollo spacesuit program at ILC of Dover.

Mr. Peters was an avid collector of baseball cards and he and his wife once owned Pete and Helen’s Baseball Card Shop in downtown Dover. He was a wonderful artist whose hobbies included woodworking, painting and many crafts, such as custom-designed whirligigs he gave to friends, family and children.

He loved to sing, and in 1947 won the Air Force talent show at Biggs Air Force Base, El Paso, Texas. He loved children and taught Sunday school. He was an active and loyal member of the Church of the Nazarene in Seaford.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Peters was preceded in death by a brother, James Peters.

Mr. Peters is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 38 years, Helen M. Peters of Blades; his daughter, Melody C. Peters of Dover; a brother and sister-in-law, Eugene and Joan Peters of Albrightville, Pa.; and two sisters and a brother-in-law, Joan Baymond of Albrightville and Shirley and Don Hough of Berwyn, Pa.

He also is survived by four stepsons and the wives of three, Frank Fantini and Ali Stark of Dover, Ermond and Phyllis Fantini of Lawrence, Kans., Ray and Susan Fantini of Eden, Md., and Kenny Fantini of Atlanta, Ga.; two granddaughters, Megan and Kaitlyn Fantini of Eden; two grandsons, Franklin Fantini of Lawrence and Donnie Wessels of Texas; and two great-grandchildren.

Interment with military honors will be in the Sharon Hills Memorial Park, west of Dover.

Funeral arrangements are by Torbert Funeral Chapels, Dover.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Mr. Peters’ name may be sent to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE, 19963, or Seaford Church of the Nazarene, 520 S. Dual Highway, Seaford, DE, 19973.

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