is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our
Classmate, Glenn M. Peters, on 9 September 2011, as a result of biliary tract
carcinoma. Glenn is survived by his wife, Cindy, his daughter, Paige Peters
Connors, and granddaughter, Savannah.
Funeral services for
Glenn Peters will be at the Old Post Chapel at Fort
Myer at 11:00 AM on January 19, 2012, with burial to follow at Arlington
A reception will be held at the
Fort Myer Officers Club, 214 Jackson Ave. from 12:15-2:15PM. Coat and tie are
not required but no jeans allowed.
The family has asked
that donations in Glenn's memory be made to the West Point Fund, WPAOG, 698
Mills Road, West Point, NY 10996. The family asks that you write Glenn's name
in the memo line of your check so that funds donated in his memory will go into
the Cadet Activities Fund.
Condolences may be
sent to Cindy at 53 Westcedar Lane, Palm Coast, FL 32164 and to Paige at 475
Highway 90, Conway, SC 29526.
Well done, Glenn. Be
thou at peace.
Class Memorial Pages\L-2 Glenn Peters.pdf
Taps Memorial Article:
GLENN M. PETERS JR. 1961
Cullum No. 23733-1961 | September 9, 2011 | Died in Palm Coast, FL
Interred at Arlington National Cemetery, VA
Glenn Miller “Pete” Peters Jr. was born in Houston, TX, on the same date as
Jesus Christ, albeit more than 1,900 years later! This is a valid nexus since
several generations of his ancestors established churches where they settled.
Glenn practiced this love of God throughout his lifetime. He descended from
seven generations of German ancestors who originally emigrated to Philadelphia
in the 1730s. This first emigrant subsequently settled in southwest Virginia,
where he farmed and established a Church of the Brethren. These strong
relationships with farming and religion continued to Glenn’s grandfather, who
also founded a Church of the Brethren, in Texas. Glenn’s parents were Glenn
Miller Peters Sr. and Ima Lee Peters. In addition to a strong religious
heritage, Glenn developed an affinity for medicine.
In the spring of 1957, upon graduation from Milby High School, Glenn had
accepted admission to pre-medicine studies at Rice Institute in his hometown of
Houston. This plan was tabled when an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy
arrived from Texas Representative Martin Dies Jr. His mother’s urging and advice
from a trusted family friend and mentor swayed Glenn’s career choice to West
Point and the Army.
At West Point, Glenn (or Pete, as he was called) and his tall (flanker) Company
L-2 classmates initially resisted the invasion of the shorter cadets (runts).
This height difference was quickly set aside and a strong class unity developed
as the class realized it had nastier and more experienced foes to contend with
(upperclassmen, tactical officers, and academic instructors). Despite frequent
skirmishes with the academic departments, Pete thrived at West Point. He
wholeheartedly contributed his ready smile and friendliness to helping
classmates, teaching Sunday School and participating in and promoting the Debate
Council, German Club, the Pointer, and the Dialectic Society. Pete was a loyal
friend and helpful classmate throughout his four-year stint at West Point. He
totally embraced and practiced our mantra of “cooperate and graduate.”
Glenn was proudly commissioned a second lieutenant in the United States Infantry
on June 7, 1961. Upon successful completions of the Infantry Officer Basic
Course and Airborne and Ranger schools at Fort Benning, GA, Glenn cut his troop
assignment teeth with the 20th Infantry in the Panama Canal Zone. His career
progressed with assignments as a company commander in both the 508th Airborne
Infantry and the 7th Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg, NC. Glenn graduated
from the Armor Officer Advanced Course at Fort Knox, KY between two combat tours
in the Republic of South Vietnam. In the first Vietnamese tour he was the
battalion operations officer in the 5th Special Forces Group, and in the second
tour he worked in the 1st Infantry Division Operations section and as the
battalion executive officer, 28th Infantry. Returning stateside, Glenn was
assigned to the U.S. Army Combat Developments Command. He graduated from the
Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, VA prior to duty at the U.S. Army
Information Management Agency. In 1969 he enrolled in the School of Psychology
at Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA, graduating with a Master of Science in Psychology.
Glenn returned to the land of his German forebearers with duties at
Headquarters, U.S. Army Europe and in the 28th Infantry. His final active duty
assignment was at Fort Myer, VA, where Glenn retired from the U.S. Army in 1984
after 23 years of service. Glenn was extremely proud of his military career and
the opportunities to serve the United States of America and its fine soldiers.
Glenn next began a very successful civilian career at CEXEC, which provides
services and solutions in acquisition support, training, program management,
information technology, contract management, and financial services support to
federal clients. In 2003, the CEXEC Board of Directors recognized Glenn’s
exceptional talents and accomplishments by electing him to the post of corporate
vice president. Glenn stepped down from his fulltime responsibilities at CEXEC
in 2005 and became a part-time consultant. Glenn possessed a strong sense of
lifelong duty to the U.S. Army. He was an active supporter of the West Point
Society of North Florida and volunteered as an admissions field representative
and liaison officer for the U.S. Military Academy. He helped several local high
school graduates gain admission to West Point.
In one defining moment he dipped into his own pocket to aid a female candidate
whose parents lacked the money to pay for a dental examination required for the
application process. She gained admission to USMA. That was Glenn just being
Glenn. He also served as treasurer of the All Airborne Special Forces
Organization of Jacksonville, FL. His Company L-2 1961 classmates and L-2
members of the affiliate Class of 2011 proudly sport distinctive and striking
Loose Deuce/Second to None belt buckles designed, produced, and gifted by
“Pete.” Glenn was married to his beloved Cindy Goossen for 26 years. After a
combined 45 years in the military and private industry and his final retirement
and move to Florida, Glenn reopened close sibling ties with his twin sister in
Houston. Glenn wrote poetry and songs about his many beloved dogs. The poems
were serious, the songs hilarious. He had a very good sense of humor.
Glenn was true to his religious and medical roots until the day of his passing.
He was continually attuned to the circumstances and well-being of people around
him, whether family members, co-workers, or acquaintances. Glenn demonstrated
devotion to God, equanimity, and optimism throughout his life.
— Family and Classmates