JOHN HERBERT PETERS Fenton, Mo. John Herbert Peters, 47, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, in the comfort of his home, after a very short battle with renal cell carcinoma. A service celebrating John's life was held Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, at Jay B. Smith Funeral Home in Fenton, Mo. John was born on July 7, 1971, in Worthington, Minn., to parents Miriam (Smith) Peters and H. Herb Peters. His first few years were spent on a farm near May City, Iowa, where he was baptized at St. John's Lutheran Church. John grew up in the Cedar Rapids area, where he was confirmed at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Marion. He attended Linn-Mar schools and graduated in 1990. He attended and graduated from the University of Iowa in 1995, with a bachelor of science degree in finance. John began his career with Archer Daniels Midland as a grain merchandiser in Valdosta, Ga. In 1999, he went to work for the now Nestlé Purina Pet Care, at locations in Davenport, Iowa, and Dunkirk, N.Y. In 2003, John and his family moved to the St. Louis, Mo., location, where he worked in the procurement of raw materials for cat and dog food. He had been employed with the Nestlé Purina Pet Care Co. for 19 years at the time of his passing. He was a very dedicated employee and loved his work. He is survived by his wife, Melissa (Van Slyke) Peters, of 22 years; and his children, Mitchell Peters and Lydia Peters. Others grateful for having shared life with John are John's mother, Miriam Peters, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Bill and Belinha Hampton, father-in-law and mother-in-law, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Jill Peters, stepmother, Branson, Mo.; half brothers, Steve (Judy) Peters, Hartley and Tony (Holly) Peters, Seattle, Wash.; stepbrother, Brian Daugherty, Omaha, Neb.; aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews; many cousins; and countless friends. John was preceded in death by his father, Herb Peters; grandparents, Clarence and Esther Smith; grandma, Edith (Edith Smith); Hans and Christine Peters; half sister, Teri Peters Gruenig; and godfather/cousin, Scot Peters. John thoroughly enjoyed time with his family and had been so very proud of his children. He could be seen attending practices and games, and cheering them on at each activity they were involved in. John and Melissa were nearly inseparable, and had known each other since preschool in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. John always will be remembered as a kind, honest, hardworking, fun-loving man. His faith never wavered throughout his journey with cancer. He would always look for the blessing in a message that was to be delivered as a negative. As John said on June 25, "We have to take what we are given with grace and acceptance. Nothing is promised or given freely. It just isn't. I don't know how else to say it." He and his family have been so grateful for the support and encouragement of other family members and friends. John will be greatly missed. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be directed to the American Cancer Society.