Jacob Peters - November 16, 2011Jacob Peters, 17, of Aurora, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011, at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21 at the Aurora United Methodist Church. Dr. F. Cole Fowler and Rev. Paul Nauman will officiate. Interment will be at the Aurora Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday at the Aurora United Methodist Church, 1104 A Street. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family. Higby-McQuiston Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.
Jacob Peters, the oldest son of Gary and Shari Peters was born in Lincoln on Sept. 30, 1994 and died in Omaha on Nov. 16, 2011 at the age of 17.
Jacob grew up in Aurora and was fiercely proud of being a Husky. He thrived on the high expectations that accompany the affiliation with his school. He had a burning desire to compete at all times. Whether it was on the field, the court, the track or the classroom, he was always striving to be the best. Jacob was a firm believer in controlling his attitude and his effort. Sometimes things don’t go your way, and you can’t control all of your surroundings, but you can always control your attitude and your effort.
Jacob was in FBLA, FCA, Student Council, elected to the varsity football Unity Council, elected junior class treasurer, inducted into the National Honor Society and a member of the United Methodist Church in Aurora. His future plans included playing football at some level in college then becoming a coach to teach others the right way to play the game that he loved.
Jacob loved meeting new friends and once you were let into his heart his loyalty was unending. He loved his fellow students and especially his classmates. Sometimes he would push too hard instead of giving a nudge in the right direction, but that was only because he saw that everyone has something great to offer, and that greatness just needs to be uncovered.
Those who are left behind to carry forward his legacy are his parents, Gary and Shari Peters; his brothers, Jerod and Dalton Peters; grandparents Glen and Patsy Beran all of Aurora; grandparents Wilbur and Marian Peters, Aunt Cheryl and Uncle Bob Ratzlaff all of Henderson, Uncle Dave and Aunt Cheryl Beran of Huntington Beach, Calif., Uncle Pat and Aunt Linda Beran of Omaha; and cousins Miles Beran, Grant Beran, Andrew Beran and Brooke Beran and his great-grandma Angie Beran.