St. Clair Shores, Warren
Warren candidate, business owner Joe Peters Jr. dies
County Board candidate and Dairy Boy owner found dead by customers in St. Clair Shores
By Brian Louwers and Kristyne E. Demske
Posted July 21, 2014
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 www.ahpeters.com
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.
About the author
Staff Writer Brian Louwers covers the cities of Warren and Center Line. He has worked for C & G Newspapers since 1998 and is a graduate of the University of Michigan-Dearborn. In his free time, he participates in the Michigan State University Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program and conducts interviews with military veterans for the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress.
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