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Warren candidate, business owner Joe Peters Jr. dies

County Board candidate and Dairy Boy owner found dead by customers in St. Clair Shores

July 21, 2014

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Joe Peters Jr., 55, of Warren, was reportedly found dead July 19 at the Dairy Boy Ice Cream store he owned in St. Clair Shores. Peters had filed to run for a seat representing Warren on the Macomb County Board of Commissioners this year.

WARREN — Family members and friends of Warren political candidate and local businessman Joe Peters Jr. were shocked and saddened as word of his death spread throughout southern Macomb County July 20.

Peters, 55, currently a Republican candidate for the District 1 seat on the Macomb County Board of Commissioners, representing the western half of Warren, was reportedly found dead at the Dairy Boy Ice Cream shop he owned on Harper Avenue, south of 12 Mile Road, on July 19.

St. Clair Shores Police Detective Gordon Carrier said officers responded to a 911 call from the shop at 6:27 p.m.  

“Customers came to purchase ice cream and, when no one came to the counter, they (saw) him laying in the work area,” Carrier said.

The customers reportedly went inside and found Peters unresponsive.

“The Fire Department came, he was already deceased, and we arrived and did an investigation,” Carrier said. “Right now, it’s just still pending investigation and the medical results from the (Medical Examiner’s) office. It appears accidental.”

Peters apparently hit his head, but the cause right now is unknown, according to Carrier.

“(It) could have been a work-related accident like a slip and fall … or health-related, like a heart attack,” he said. Results from the medical examiner won’t be back for 4-6 weeks, he said.

Carrier said the last transaction put through by Peters was at 6:21 p.m.

The business is currently closed, and police said they do not know when it will reopen.

Peters, the owner of three Dairy Boy Ice Cream stores, was a 48-year resident of Warren who previously attended Warren Woods High School. He ran for Warren City Council in 2007 and 2011, and filed to run as a Republican for a seat on the Macomb County Board of Commissioners this year. In his candidate profile submission filed with the Warren Weekly this month ahead of the primary election Aug. 5, he championed programs and policies to meet the needs of seniors, veterans and everyday Warren residents. 

“His love for the community is deeper than people will ever know,” longtime friend Dean Berry said. “It is deep. Deep.”

Berry said the details of the final arrangements for Peters were still being finalized at press time through the A.H. Peters Funeral Homes. Look for more information as it becomes available on their website at

About the author

Staff Writer Kristyne E. Demske covers St. Clair Shores and the Lake Shore, Lakeview and South Lake public schools for the Sentinel. Kristyne has worked for C & G Newspapers since 2004 and attended Michigan State University and Chippewa Valley High School.

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