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David Earl Peters, 85, of Simsbury and formerly of Granby, beloved husband for 64 years of Thetis Lorraine (Wells) Peters, passed away peacefully on Monday, August 31, 2015 at Hartford Hospital. Born in Williamsport, PA on July 30, 1930, son of the late Earl Bastian and Jeannette Sawyer (Guild) Peters, he was raised in Sunbury, PA and was a graduate of Sunbury High School, Class of 1948. After graduation, David enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged in 1952 and returned to Pennsylvania where he enrolled at Penn State University, in the Engineering program. He received his bachelor's degree in 1956 and took a position at Hamilton Standard in Windsor Locks, CT as a mechanical engineer. After many years, he transferred to United Technologies Sikorsky Aircraft in Stratford and worked on the helicopter program including the presidential helicopter, Marine One. He retired in 1995 after 39 years of service to the company. A longtime Granby resident, David was very active in several groups in town including the Granby Volunteer Ambulance Association, the Granby Horse Council, and in more recent years as a member and van driver for the Granby Senior Center. David had his private pilot's license for many years and was a member of the 43rd Aviation Flying Club at Brainard Airport in Hartford and he was also a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. Besides his loving wife Thetis, he leaves a son, Michael E. Peters and his wife Nancy Christine of Frederica, DE; two daughters, Julie and her husband Bob Kevorkian of Simsbury, and Sue and her husband Bob Sawyer of Ocala, FL; a sister, Eleanor Bucknavage of Plains, PA; a grandson, Michael E. Peters, Jr. of Frederica, DE; and seven nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Joan Grossman. His family will receive friends on Friday, September 11, 5:00-7:00 pm, with a prayer service at 6:00 pm, at the Hayes-Huling & Carmon Funeral Home, 364 Salmon Brook St., Granby. The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to the Granby Volunteer Ambulance Association, P.O. Box 617, Granby, CT 06035.