Mr. William Henry Howard Peters, 95, a lifelong resident of Decatur County, died Friday, March 15, 2019, at Aspen Place Health Campus, Greensburg. He had been in gradual failing health for the past few months. Born April 19, 1923, in Franklin County, he was the son of William and Flora Elizabeth (Blake) Peters. He was united in marriage to Bernice Marie Schoentrup November 29, 1946, in Aurora, and she preceded him in death on April 11, 2014. He was a previous member of New Point Christian Church and was a current member of Batesville Christian Church. He was a member of the New Point Masonic Lodge #255, and the Greensburg Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5584.He was a 1941 graduate of New Point High School. He was inducted into the United States Army on February 12, 1943 and participated in World War 2 in the Southern France Campaign. He was a scout in the 44th Mechanized Cavalry Reconnaissance Troop and was wounded in active duty on November 29, 1944. After hospitalization in both England and the Indianapolis VA hospital, he was honorably discharged on February 21,1946.He was a well-known farmer and neighbor in southern Decatur County near the community of Smyrna and was a skilled master machinist at Chambers Aircraft Company and General Electric at Shelbyville before retiring and building and beginning his own machine shop next to his farmstead.He is survived by his four children: William L. (Rose Marie) Peters, Murfreesboro, Tenn., Cynthia M. (Peters) Grote and Kenneth N. (Rita) Peters, Greensburg, and Betsy L. (Tony) Baugh, Napoleon, along with 12 grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren. He is survived by one sister and two brothers, Evelyn Ruth (Peters) Ainsworth, John Harold Peters, and Donald Lewis Peters.He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother and four sisters, Maude Katharine (Peters) Hazelrigg, Thelma Avis (Peters) Overholser, Dale Sherman Peters, Mary Margaret (Peters) Maynard, Norma Lee Peters.Visitation will be Wednesday, March 20, from 3-7 p.m. at Batesville Christian Church, (1294 Columbus Ave, Batesville, IN 47006) immediately followed by funeral services at 7pm. There will be a Masonic Service at 2:30 prior to visitation. Military rites conducted by the Prell-Bland American Legion Post #271 and the Batesville V.F.W. Post #3183. will follow the funeral at the church. Private burial will be at Kingston Cemetery, Decatur County.In lieu of flowers, monetary gifts may be given to the Batesville Christian Church in care of the funeral home. Online condolences may be made at www.meyersfuneralhomes.com.
WASHINGTON – President George W. Bush and Republican senators launched a repeat election-year push Monday for a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. Critics denounced it as a political ploy, and even some backers agreed the proposed amendment is doomed to fail. “Our policies should aim to strengthen families, not undermine them,” Bush said at a White House event as Senate debate began on the measure. “Changing the definition of marriage would undermine the family structure.” It’s the latest effort to pass the “Marriage Protection Amendment” from Sen. Wayne Allard, R-Colo. The same measure in 2004 failed to clear a procedural hurdle necessary to go to a vote. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Allard estimates he has 52 yes votes, short of the 67 needed to pass the Senate. In arguing for the amendment, Allard, Bush and other supporters repeatedly pointed to “activist judges” as a powerful force redefining marriage state by state. “Marriage is under attack all across the country,” Allard said. Senate Democrats repudiated the amendment debate as a blatant attempt by Republicans to drive conservative voters to the polls in November, echoing their strategy in 2004. During that national election year, 11 states had same-sex marriage measures on their ballots, including Ohio. Bush won the state, which was decisive in his re-election victory. “This proposed constitutional amendment is being used to satisfy the most extreme right-wing supporters and politicians,” said Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt. White House Press Secretary Tony Snow acknowledged that “of course there’s a political dimension” to Bush’s pronouncement in support of the amendment, but added that “the president is speaking out about a piece of legislation because he believes in it.” Constitutional amendments must pass by two-thirds votes in both houses of Congress and then be ratified by legislatures of three-fourths of the states. The U.S. Constitution has not been amended for 14 years. As the Senate debate began Monday, Republicans talked about marriage with one man and one woman as the foundation of all societies. Democrats stressed a need to protect states’ rights and to keep discrimination out of the Constitution. North Dakota Sen. Byron Dorgan, a Democrat, lashed out at Colorado Springs-based Focus on the Family for newspaper advertisements it ran claiming he doesn’t believe every child needs a mother and a father. The ad was similar to one run in Colorado, attacking Sen. Ken Salazar, a Democrat. Focus on the Family – which is based in conservative Christianity – must believe there are only nine commandments in the Bible, Dorgan said. “They forgot the commandment that says thou shall not bear false witness,” he added. Focus on the Family spokeswoman Carrie Gordon Earll said that for Dorgan “to go to the Scripture to try and support his decision not to defend marriage is kind of an odd response.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!