A longtime North Judson resident and businessman is the recipient of the Robert E. Hamilton Award from the Starke County Economic Development Foundation. Marv Peters was one of the initial members of the Starke County Development Foundation in 1985. He owned Marv’s Body Shop in North Judson from 1966 until his retirement in 1999 and continues to work on antique cars today. Peters is also the president of the North Judson Board of Zoning Appeals and serves as a member of the Starke County Alcoholic Beverage Board. He was president of the North Judson Town Council from 1979-83.
Peters has also been a dedicated and hard-working member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in North Judson for many years. He was church treasurer during the time the existing building was constructed and served as chairman of the investment committee during that time. In that capacity he made sure gifts from the congregation were stretched as far as possible to cover the costs of construction. Peters also sponsored the young people’s group at the church for several years and has opened and closed the popular “Sounds of Praise” each Sunday for more than 20 years.
Peters will be honored with the Robert E. Hamilton Award during today’s Starke County Economic Development Foundation Prospectus and Achievement luncheon at Knox Middle School. It’s awarded to a person who has contributed a great amount of service in the field of economic development as well as to the community as a whole. Past winners include Mat Swanson, Jack Lynch, Nancy Dembowski and Van Janovic.