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Ralph Peters, publisher, editor of weeklies

DRACUT -- Ralph W. Peters, the founder of Merrimack Valley Publishing Company and former editor of a New Hampshire weekly newspaper, died Saturday. He was 87.

Mr. Peters, a native of Everett, founded the publishing firm in Tewksbury during the 1950s and published the Merrimack Valley Advertiser, now the Tewksbury-Wilmington Advocate, which he ran until 1972.

Mr. Peters moved to Alexandria, N.H., in 1976 and became managing editor of the weekly Bristol (N.H.) Enterprise Newspaper (now the Record Enterprise) and the weekly circular Upbeat.

After retiring, he helped the town of Alexandria develop a park near its town offices.

Mr. Peters leaves his wife, Dorothy; three daughters, Nancy Spies of Oklahoma City, Kim Conant of Columbia, S.C., and Janet Garlick of Norman, Okla.; a son, Gregory of Tewksbury; two sisters, Ruth White and Virginia Niles, both of Arlington, Texas; and two brothers, Harold of Bellingham and Bobby of Las Vegas.

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