Service


Date:

August 2, 2019

Start Time:

11:00 AM

Location:

Parrott and Wood

Address:

965 Home Plaza

Waterloo, IA 50701

Arrangements By:

Parrott and Wood

Visitation


Date:

August 2, 2019

Start Time:

10-11 AM

Location:

Parrott and Wood

Address:

965 Home Plaza

Waterloo, IA 50701

Roger Lee Peterson

Roger Lee Peterson was born on July 21, 1937 in Waterloo, Iowa, the oldest son of Melvin & Dorothy (Anderson) Peterson’s seven children.  He grew up on his family’s farm in Denver, Iowa and attended Denver High School.  At the age of 17, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on July 23, 1954.  After proudly serving three years, Roger cross-trained to the United States Air Force, where he served with distinction for an additional seventeen years.  Roger spent a large portion of his career in South East Asia, having served four tours of duty in Vietnam, as well as several shrouded campaigns that he referred to as, ‘Every little hot spot since Suez…’ On January 31, 1975, Roger retired after twenty years of distinguished service.  His commendations include, but are not limited to the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Air Force Good Conduct Medal with three bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, the National Defense Service Medal with a bronze star, the Vietnam Service Medal with both bronze & silver stars, Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon, and the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm.

On June 9, 1978, he was united in marriage to Beverly Ann Mahnke in Yankton, South Dakota.  They moved their blended family to La Porte City, Iowa and lived their very own ‘Brady Bunch.’

After his military retirement, Roger found success in several professional endeavors including flying commercial aircraft for TransWorld Airlines, 12 years as an Electrical Engineer at John Deere Tractor Works in Waterloo, Iowa, and 10 years as an Electrical Engineer at Cummins Engine (CDC) in Whitakers, North Carolina.

Roger was an expert marksman and loved fostering that passion in his children.  He preferred working with his hands and in true engineering fashion-could build and repair anything. Later in life, he enjoyed wood working, puzzles, building model airplanes and sharing his testimony of salvation.  Roger’s sense of humor was infectious and he was a generous giver.

Roger was called home on July 26, 2019, surrounded by his family.  He joins his parents, Melvin & Dorothy Peterson, brother, Stephen Peterson, and sister, Delores Ewers with their heavenly father.  He is survived by his devoted wife, Beverly Ann Peterson, Three brothers: John Peterson (Joan) of Pensacola, FL, Paul Peterson (Jenny) of Torrence, CA, & Mark Peterson (Alice Marie) of Bloomington, IN, One sister, Lois Peterson Ruth (Mike) of Marshalltown, IA; Four sons, Kevin Peterson (Jane) of Townville, SC, Tim Peterson & Paul Peterson of Piedmont, SC, & Jeffrey Peterson (Amy) of Wilson, NC; four  daughters, Taleena Peterson Widener of Piedmont, SC, Judith Peterson of Lexington, SC, Christina Peterson of La Porte City, IA, and Leanna Peterson Griffin (Eric) of Nashville, NC; One step-daughter, Patricia Hopkins of Piedmont, SC. Ten grandchildren, and eleven great-grandchildren. He also leaves behind his loyal best friend, or as he called him, his ‘Chief of Security’, 12-year-old Chihuahua, Albert, who refused to leave his side until his last breath.

A celebration of Roger’s life will be held Friday, August 2, 2019 at 11:00am at Parrott & Wood Chapel of Memories in Waterloo, IA with Pastor Robert McMurdock officiating.  The family will receive visitors prior to, from 10-11:00am.  Graveside inurnment with full military honors will follow at Garden of Memories in Waterloo, IA.

 

 

 

 

 

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