Russell E. ‘Pete’ Peterson
Jan. 17, 1925 – April 7, 2013
ELKHART — Russell E. “Pete” Peterson, 88, of Elkhart, passed away at 10:15 a.m. Sunday (April 7, 2013) at his home. He was born Jan. 17, 1925 in Plymouth to Edward and Susie (Clark) Peterson.
On Nov. 29, 1947 in Donaldson he married Gladys Rabe. She preceded him in death April 7, 2013 in Elkhart. Surviving is a daughter, Diana Hines of Elkhart, seven grandchildren, Denise Peterson, Donna Cariker, Ricky (Shana) Boyd, Dustin (Kay) Boyd, Angie (Frank) Feitz, Robyn (Jared) Kendall, Dawn (Ralph) Farrell; 17 great-grandchildren, Samantha Hare, Amanda Hare, Paige Peterson, Sarah (Terrell) Newkirk, Shania Feitz, Faith Feitz, Tyler Cariker, Austin Hirsch, Nikole Schoonover, Shawna Schoonover, Zoie Schoonover, Alexis Tidey, Alyssa Tidey, Dokota Kendall, Justin Kendall, Khylie Linares, Kayde; three great-great-grandchildren, Shelbi, Keeghan and Trentin. Also surviving is a brother, Charles Peterson of Las Vegas, Nev. and his honorable children Edward and Vicki Hahn of Plymouth. He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, Karl Peterson and a brother Norman Peterson.
Pete graduated in 1943 from Grovertown High School. He served in the U.S. Navy during WW II. Pete was a lifetime member of the I.V. F.A., and was a 45-year member and the First Chief (1958-1960) of the Baugo Township Fire Department, retiring from the fire department in 2003. He retired from Ashland Chemical in South Bend where he was employed as a truck driver.
Visitation for family and friends will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday and from 10-11 a.m. Friday at Zimmerman-Inman Funeral Home in Osceola. At 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home there will be a Fireman’s Memorial Service. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday (April 12, 2013) at the funeral home. Pastor Ron Bowman will preside and burial will follow at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens where there will be military rites rendered by the Osceola American Legion and the US Navy Honor Guard.
Memorial contributions may be given to the Baugo Township Fire Dept. or to the charity of the Donor’s Choice.