May 28, 1926 - July 16, 2020
This obituary is posted as a courtesy to Walt and Teresa Peterson. Walter E. Peterson Sr. affectionately known as “Pete” completed his life’s journey on Thursday July 16, 2020. God gently wrapped his arms around Pete and took him home. Pete was surrounding by his family and loving wife Ann of almost 68 years. Ann faithfully and lovingly served as Pete’s caretaker for over a year. Their love and devotion to each other has served as an example for their seven children. Born on May 28,1926 in Prentice, WI to John Alfred and Bertha Peterson. Pete was drafted into the Army Air Corp during WWII in 1944 and faithfully served in the USAF retiring in 1964 as Staff Sergeant. Pete met Ann while stationed at Hunter Air Force Base in Savannah, GA. They got married on December 30, 1952. Together they had seven children. Preceded in death by his parents, siblings: George, Clarence, Clyde and Freida. Granddaughter, Emily Ann Peterson. Pete has left an empty spot in the hearts of his children, Walt (Teresa), Debra (Rusty) Riles, Donna (David) West, Ronnie (Paulette), Kim (Brian) Campbell, John (Angie) , Tammy(Mark) Sills; grandchildren, Candace (Matthew) Crook, Nathan (Kelly) Berry, Jonathan Eaton, Arin Eaton, Kayla (Dr. Jared) Tavernier, Adam (Mason) Peterson, Lauren (Joshua) Mahaffey, Erica (Cameron) Ford, Taylor Riles, David Lucas, Daniel Lucas, Jake, Piper, and Cubby Peterson; and 7 great grandchildren, Martha and Jack Tavernier, Melody Grace Mahaffey, Olivia Berry, Matthew, Alanna and Wyatt Crook. He is also survived by his sister, Lily Ann Kempton. A private service with full military honors will be held at the Ft. Jackson National Cemetery. The family would like to express their appreciation to Barbara Stewart for the excellent care she provided over the past three years. Memorials may be sent to the Quilts of Valor® Foundation, P.O. Box 191, Winterset, IA 50273. Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home and Crematorium of Sumter is in charge of the arrangements.
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