Lt. Col. (ret) Charles Ray Peters

Lt. Col. (retired) Charles Ray Peters, age 73, died Saturday, May 31, 2014 in an Oklahoma City hospital after a short illness.

Lt. Col. (ret) Charles Ray Peters

He was born Aug. 10, 1940 in Hartford, Ky. to Charles Jasper and Alta G. (Fuqua) Peters. He grew up in Louisville, Ky. and was a graduate of DuPont Manual High School. He attended the University of Louisville, where he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1962, and he later earned a Master of Science in counseling and guidance from Troy State University in 1974. He was a career veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving from 1962 onward, including service in Vietnam as a C-130 pilot and later activity in air traffic control. He retired as a lieutenant colonel in 1983. After a short time working in real estate, he returned to aviation and was employed for twenty years by the Federal Aviation Administration, where he was active in flight checking navigational aids for instrument approaches. During his flying career, he gained significant operational experience in over ten separate models of turboprop and jet aircraft, from the T-38 to the Boeing 737. While based in Washington, D.C., Charlie flew many senior level FAA, NTSB and other U.S. government officials worldwide, to assist in transportation accident investigations and other official government business.  After retiring from FAA in 2004, he very much enjoyed being a “gentleman farmer and rancher” in Mustang. He was a member of the United Methodist Church of the Good Shepherd.

Charles was preceded in death by his parents and two wives, Robbie and Linda Ruth.

He is survived by his first wife, Georgiana Peters of Oklahoma City; their two daughters, Kim Wilson and husband John of Hanover, N.H. and Katherine Clark and husband Jeff of Oklahoma City; and two stepdaughters, Susan Collyar and husband Todd of Colorado and Karen Kay Nadeau of Dalton, Ga.  He is also survived by seven grandchildren, Carter, Chandler, Daniel, Rebecca, Kennedy, Kassidy and Rachel; three step-grandchildren; an aunt; and several cousins.

The family will receive visitors on Sunday, June 8 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at McNeil’s Mustang Funeral Service. Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, June 9 at United Methodist Church of the Good Shepherd in Yukon, with interment following in Mt. View Cemetery in Mt. View, Okla. Memorial contributions in his honor may be made to United Methodist Church of the Good Shepherd, or to the Wounded Warrior Project.

The family would like to express their deep gratitude to Charlie’s special friends, Larry and Beverly Gable and Richard and Vicki Mason, for their abiding love and support during his recent illness.

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