Rush Funeral Home Logo
Logo Image
(605) 859-2400 You can call us 24/7
Newsletter Get new obituaries by email
Search Search through the obituaries

Funeral services will take place on Friday, July 14, 2017 at 10:00 AM (Mountain).

St. Patrick's Catholic Church
Wall, South Dakota

Print Obituary

In memory of

Terry Peters

of Wall, South Dakota, died on Monday, July 10, 2017 at his home near Wall at the age of 61

Terry Peters, 61, died unexpectedly on Monday, July 10, 2017 at his home near Wall, SD.

Terry was born on July 26, 1955, in Mitchell, SD to Duane and Patricia Peters. He was raised on a farm in White Lake, SD until the age of 15 when his parents moved to Wall and purchased the Best Western Plains Motel.

Terry graduated from Wall High School and attended college at SDSU, graduating in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture. He worked at Production Credit Association in Bloomfield, NE and later transferred to the Rapid City office. It was there that he met the love of his life, Susie Arbach, and they were married on November 15, 1980 in Hoven, SD.

Terry was the owner-operator of the family owned Best Western Motels in Wall and Hill City for 35 years. He was also the owner of Peters Farm Partnership in Eastern SD since 1993 and dearly loved his farmstead north of Wall, SD.

Terry believed in supporting his community and achieved many personal goals. He served on the Wall Fire Department for 21 years. He was also a past member of the Jack Rabbit Stampede, Wall Hospitality Association, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church Council, Wall Clinic Board, Black Hills Badlands and Lake Board, District II Best Western Governor, Greater Wall Foundation Board, Wall City Council and Wall Chamber of Commerce. In 2016 he was elected as a Director for West River Electric.

Terry cherished his wife and children and considered their friends family. He especially looked forward to his buddy’s attending safety meetings after work at his shop. He liked nothing better than to be outdoors, working in his shop, hunting and reloading shells. Many came to test out his special shooting range. He always had a four legged companion at his side. Terry loved to read and could really “cut a rug” on the dance floor.

Terry served as a mentor in many areas to children and young adults throughout the community. One of Terry’s mottos in life was “Work hard today so you can play hard later.” In lieu of flowers the Terry Peters “Work Hard Today, Play Hard Later” memorial scholarship will be established. This scholarship will be rewarded to a graduating senior at Wall High School who demonstrates strong work ethic in the community throughout their years of high school.

Survivors include his wife Susie “Sue” Peters of Wall; two children Talon Peters and his fiance Brittney Hammen of Fargo, ND, and Kelsey Barber and her husband Kyle of Wellington, CO; two brothers, Doug Peters and his wife Anita of Hill City, SD, and Jeff Peters and his wife Pam of Hartford, SD; two sisters, Jackie Heathershaw and her husband Pat of Wall, and Nicole Hall and her husband Mike of Cedar Rapids, IA; several nieces and nephews; mother-in-law, Irene Arbach of Rapid City, SD; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Terry was preceded in death by his parents Duane and Patricia “Pat” Peters; and a sister in infancy.

A rosary service will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, July 14, 2017 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Wall.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, July 14, 2017 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Wall.

Private family inurnment will be held at Terry's farm.

Cards and memorials may be sent to P.O. Box 211, Wall, SD 57790.

Friday, July 14, 2017 - 9:30 a.m.
St. Patrick's Catholic Church
Wall, South Dakota

Friday, July 14, 2017 - 10:00 a.m.
St. Patrick’s Catholic Church
Wall, South Dakota

Father Tim Hoag

Father John Paul Trask

Jerry Johannesen - Wayne Davis - Casey Weaver

Alexa Dunker - Sidney Dunker - Burk Blasius - Jace Blasiue

Bill Arbach

Jill Leonard
Congregational Hymns
“Grain of Finest Wheat”
“You are Mine”
“Prayer of St. Francis”

All those who have attended a safety meeting
and all relatives and friends in attendance

Peters' Farm
Wall, South Dakota

  • We just heard that terry passed away. Our sincere sympathy to all of Terry's family. We were associated with terry thru Best Western. Marlene was the manager of BW Graham's in Murdo, SD. ~ Mike and Marlene Kurle Rapid City, SD (7/27/2017)
  • So sorry to hear the news about Terry. I always enjoyed being around him when I was younger and hanging out with Jeff. He was always kind but you had to keep one eye open because you never knew when he was gonna prank you! My thoughts and prayers to all the family. ~ Kevin Foster Rapid City (7/20/2017)
  • my heart goes out to family

    My heart goes out to the Peters family my thoughts and prayers goes out to you all. I have to say that i have always admired you all because you are what family stands for and have always said you are the best employers in wall .Terry will be missed his sense of humor and his smile . We have another special angel in heaven prayers to you all
    ~ Patty Hauk Hot Springs (7/16/2017)
  • Terry was a good man. I will miss him. May our Lord comfort your family. Jim ~ Jim Barber 2251 Helios St. (7/14/2017)
  • Susie and family, our sincerest sympathies to you all on the loss of your husband and father. We will be thinking about you. ~ Lyle & Peggy (Hayen)Weber Alexandria SD (7/14/2017)
  • Terry will be greatly missed. Our thoughts are with his family. ~ Gary Amos and family Wall SD (7/14/2017)
  • Sue and family,
    We are sorry for your loss. He will be missed greatly by our family. Your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
    ~ Jerry and Laura Johannesen Cheyenne Wyoming (7/14/2017)
  • To the Peters family, so sorry for your loss. Terry was a great man and boss to me. My heart goes out to you, he will be truly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you in this very difficult moment. Take care and God bless you all! ~ Donna J Bendigo San Diego (7/13/2017)
  • Terry was my first young love and I was so heartbroken when the left White Lake and moved to Wall. My thoughts and prayers are will his whole family during this difficult time. ~ Bonnie Haines Phoenix, AZ (7/13/2017)
  • Sue and family, our hearts go out to you in Terry's passing. We pray that the good Lord will watch over all of you. ~ Dan and Loretta Laabs Watertown, SD (7/13/2017)
  • To the Peters family, My sympathy goes out to you all during this time difficult time. I know how dearly he will be missed. I will be missing our 5 am (4 Wall time) texting sessions, especially during calving season when he made the day start out a little better.
    ~ Jim Munsen White Lake (7/13/2017)
  • So sorry to here the news about Terry! Met him and several members of the "Peters" bunch and friends on their annual pheasant hunt up to White Lake. Terry was in charge of that bunch and enjoyed every minute of it!! He was a man that was immeadiatly like by all who came to know him. My thoughts are with his family at this time. ~ Mike Munsen Hershey,Ne. (7/13/2017)
  • My thoughts and prayers are with the Peters family. Remember, when someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure. Terry will be missed, especially here at work at the Best Western Plains Motel. I am honored to say Terry was my friend, classmate and boss. Hugs to all the family. ~ Debbie Bryan Wall, SD (7/12/2017)
  • I remember he always had a great sense of humor and always busy I was so honored to have known Terry. So sorry for your loss ~ Mark Bonnie Connelly Van texas (7/12/2017)
  • So sorry to hear of the loss of a great friend and classmate. ~ Lyle Heinrich Rapid City, SD (7/12/2017)
  • Our most sincere condolences from everyone at Somerset Court. ~ Doug Bailie Rapid City (7/12/2017)
  • Scenic, SD 57780 ~ Joyce Jobgen 24802 Sage Creek Road (7/12/2017)
  • So sorry for your loss. Many years have passed since the school days at White Lake, but your family is in our thoughts and prayers. ~ Miriam Meier Dexter Cypress, TX (7/12/2017)
  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May peace from the Lord and time heal all hearts. ~ Lynn & Pamela Denke Creighton (7/12/2017)
  • Our thoughts and prayers are with the Peters family. Terry was an amazing guy and loved that he was a second dad to me throughout high school. ~ Amy 'Jobgen' Bertram Scenic SD (7/12/2017)
  • Dear Peter's family, I was so saddened to hear of Terry's passing. He was a great man. Loved by all who knew him. You will all ne in my thoughts and prayers. ~ Johnny Brockelsby Rapid City (7/12/2017)
  • Our prayers are with your whole FAMILY. ~ kendall & kari kjerstad Wasta,SD (7/12/2017)
  • To a classmate and friend, Prayers go to your families ~ Steve Mohnen White Lake, SD (7/12/2017)
  • Terry always wore a smile and was quick to share a joke. He was a great business man, a loving father, a loyal husband, and a leader in his town. This news comes as a great shock. My prayers lift up Suzie, Kelsey, and Talon. ~ Richard Wahlstrom Rapid City (7/12/2017)
  • Sue and family I was so shocked to here of Terry passing we had a lot of good times together he will be dearly missed my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of mourning ~ Casey Trask (7/12/2017)
  • I was so saddened to hear the sad news. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. ~ Lea Willuweit Ymker Armour SD (7/12/2017)
  • Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts. I'm so sad to hear of Terry's passing. ~ Nancy Clements New Mexico (7/12/2017)
  • I had the pleasure of working for Terry at the hotel and he was always such a joy to be around. Wall has truly lost a wonderful person, my heart and prayers go out to his family! He will be greatly missed! ~ Jodi Ainsworth Thorson Philip, S.D (7/12/2017)
  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I will always remember the stories told during deer camp and all the good times with friends. ~ Mark & Alyson Fauske Eden Prairie, MN (7/12/2017)
  • So very sorry to hear of this!! Our hearts are sorrowful with you. May God give you strength in the days ahead. Our thoughts are with you. We will keep you in prayer....... ~ Julie Meier Chmela Sioux Falls, SD (7/12/2017)
  • Sue & Family,
    My deepest sympathy to you all. So sorry to hear of Terry.
    You are all in my thoughts & prayers. May God Bless & be with you at this most difficult time. Love, Ruth Ann
    ~ Ruth Ann Karlen Rapid City (7/12/2017)
  • My condolences to the family, he will be greatly missed. ~ Christina Hertel Wall, South Dakota (7/12/2017)
  • Sue, Talon and Kelsey, Gary and I are shocked and saddened to hear of Terry's untimely passing. Our deepest sympathy and prayers to your family. We didn't get to see you often, but felt like family when we did. Treasure the memories, God promises us that we will see him again, our Faith assures us of this. ~ Gary & Carol Roth Delmont, SD (7/11/2017)
  • Sue, Talon and Kelsey
    My heart is breaking for you! Praying God surrounds you with His peace that only He can give! Terry was a great man!
    ~ Valentina Fortune Golden Valley (7/11/2017)
  • We are so sorry to hear about Terry. We send our love and prayers to the entire Peters family. ~ Tom and Kamie Carmichael Oakland, NE 68045 (7/11/2017)
  • My thoughts and prayers are with you all. So very sorry for your loss. Terry was an awesome man. ~ Bonnie (Crown) Ramirez Casper, Wyoming (7/11/2017)
  • So shocked and saddened to hear this, our hearts ache for Terry's entire family. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. ~ Marvin and Norma Williams (7/11/2017)
  • Our deepest prayers and sympathy are with you, Sue, Talon and Kelsey.
    Terry was a great friend and although we didn't get together as much as we liked since college, our friendship remained strong. Will miss you, buddy.
    ~ Dan & Janice Quinn Spearfish, SD (7/11/2017)
  • My heart is breaking for all of you and I will keep you in my prayers. Terry was one of a kind and I'm proud to call him my friend. ~ Barb Croell Sundance, Wy (7/11/2017)
  • Sue, Talon, and Kelsey...I dont have the words to express my deepest sympathy in your loss. My prayers of peace go to you and all of your friends and family as you work through this hard time. May God bless you all. ~ Clint Neville Grenora North Dakota (7/11/2017)
  • I'm so very sorry for your loss! ~ Mindy Haerer Summer set, SD (7/11/2017)
  • We are so very sorry. You are all in our prayers. ~ Lane O'Rourke Quinn,SD (7/11/2017)
  • Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. He will be greatly missed by many.
    ~ Ron and Tonya Matt Sioux Falls, SD (7/11/2017)
  • Sorry to hear of Terry's passing. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
    ~ Andrew Eisenbraun Rapid City, SD. (7/11/2017)
  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you all, Terry will be missed by all whose life he touched. ~ Dale & Penny Baumann Quinn, SD (7/11/2017)
  • We are so sorry to hear about Terry. We send our love and prayers to the entire Peters family. ~ Tom and Kamie Carmichael Oakland, NE 68045 (7/11/2017)
  • Was shocked to hear this. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Terry was a very special friend to Mike. ~ Mike &Linda Howie White Owl (7/11/2017)
  • Sue and Family, I am so sorry for your loss ~ Tom Clark Pahoa Hawaii (7/11/2017)
  • My Deepest Sympathy. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. May the Lord Be With You Now and Always. ~ Fawna (Geigle) Goff Sturgis, SD (7/11/2017)
  • "Little Pete" our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Enjoyed working together at Badlands Natl. Park. ~ Tim Lester Austin, Texas (7/11/2017)
  • Sue, Talon & Kelsey (and the rest of the Peters fam)......Our hearts hurt for ALL of you!! We open our hearts and minds to all the thoughts and prayers in the world to help you through this TOUGH TOUGH moment in life. May our good Lord wrap His arms around each of you and help you find comfort and peace today and in the future. Ed and Mary send their greetings and prayers as well and want you to know they have all of you on their minds as well. Peace and love! Tiff and family ~ Cousin Tiff White Lake (7/11/2017)
  • Our thoughts and prayers ~ Don & Susie Cuppy Mitchell (7/11/2017)