Man dies unexpectedly while working on air conditioner

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By Lisa King

A local man was found dead late Monday night by a couple who had hired him to repair their air conditioner unit, according to Shelbyville police detective, Bruce Gentry.

Kenneth Peting, 65, of Simpsonville, was repairing the unit at a residence when he was found deceased by the couple when they returned home that evening, Gentry said.

"Mr. Peting was working on a house on Amanda Drive, and the residents had seen him at about 5:30 when he went in the rear of the house to do some work," he said. "When they got home, at close to eleven o'clock, they noticed his van was still in the driveway, and they went in the back to check on him to see if he was done with the air conditioning, and they found him laying beside the air conditioning unit."

Gentry said that foul play is not suspected at this time, since the victim still had his wallet and his money on his person. He added that the body appeared to be unmarked, and he thinks that his death will turn out to be from natural causes, although the coroner has not yet made an official determination.

"It doesn't appear that he was electrocuted or anything, because no burns were found on the body," he said. "And he had not been feeling well for the last two or three days, according to his family," Gentry said.

Gentry said that Peting was not taken to the hospital to attempt resuscitation because he had been deceased for several hours at the time his body was discovered.

Peting was the owner/operator of Peting Heating & Air Conditioning. He would have been 66 years old next week. He was also a member of the Simpsonville Fire Department.

Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger called Peting's death a "great loss for the community."

"He worked closely on the county's outdoor warning system," Rothenburger said. "There's no telling how many lives he's protected."

Click on the Obituary section of the website for information on Peting's funeral arrangements.