He was born Nov. 5, 1915, in Bellville, Ill., to Charley Peterson and Estella Mae (Chastain) Peterson.
He worked for Quaker Maid as a supervisor for more than 30 years, and he was also a firefighter. In earlier years he operated a Kerby Sweeper Dealer Store. He played the guitar since he was 19-years old. He was a member of the American Legion Post 104 and the Moose Lodge in Clinton. Five years ago he received an award for being the "Oldest Fireman in Indiana."
Survivors include his son, Jimie Peterson and his wife Jeanie, Indianapolis, a grandson, Chad Peterson and his wife Kim, Virginia, a step-grandson, Ron Gentry and his wife Tracy, Indianapolis, and two great-grandchildren, Ava and Ashton Peterson. Other survivors include two sisters, Pauline Baxter and Peggy Piasse, a special friend and companion, Ann Barrows, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Visitation will be held from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., at Roselawn Funeral Home, Terre Haute, on Friday, Nov. 16. Services will be on Friday at 1 p.m., with Rev. Larry Mathias officiating. Burial will follow in Roselawn Memorial Park. VFW Post 972 will be performing military graveside rites.