Lawrence Franklin "Pete" Peterson, age 62, of Yankton passed away Saturday, Oct. 27, 2001, at Clarkson Hospital, Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Neb., after a lengthy battle with cancer.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, 2001, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Yankton, with Rev. O.K. Anderson officiating. Interment will be in the Garden of Memories Cemetery, Yankton, with military rites by Ernest Bowyer VFW Post No. 791, Yankton. Honorary pallbearers will be all of his hunting, fishing, and pinochle buddies. Visitations will be 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2001, with the family present at the Kostel Funeral Home, Yankton. Visitations will resume one hour prior to the service at the church.
Lawrence was born on April 25, 1939, in Springfield, to Oscar and Ann (Wynia) Peterson. He grew up on a farm west of Springfield. He attended country school for the first eight years and graduated from Springfield High School in 1957. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1957-1961. He was in the Heavy Attack Squadron 11 aboard the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt operating with the U.S. Sixth fleet seeing active duty during the Cuban missile crisis at the Bay of Pigs and in the Mediterranean. His squadron flew the mammoth twin-jet A3D "Skywarrior," the largest carrier based aircraft in the world at that time, flying at speeds approaching that of sound and altitudes of seven miles. Following his honorable discharge, he worked in Idaho as a logger and a miner. On Aug. 18, 1963, he married Delphine Herman at the First Congregational Church at Kulm, N.D. He attended the University of South Dakota at Vermillion earning a BS in Accounting in 1969. He received his CPA certification in 1970. He worked for Peat, Marwick, and Mitchell accounting firm in Anchorage, Alaska, from 1969 to 1971. He was a comptroller for B & B Fisheries in Kodiak, Alaska from 1971 to 1973. In 1973, the family returned to Yankton, where he worked for the Davies Accounting Firm. In 1978 to 1980, he was in partnership with John Varvel and then started his own accounting business.
He was a member of the Elks Lodge No. 994 and Moose Lodge No. 1356, and Trinity Lutheran Church, Yankton.
He was an avid outdoor sportsman and a NRA member. He enjoyed fishing, boating, hunting, playing pinochle and shooting pool.
He is lovingly remembered by his wife, Delphine, Yankton; two daughters: Julie Peterson, Minneapolis, Min., and Pamela (Brad) Haugen, Tea; his mother, Ann Peterson, Springfield; three brothers: Jack (Janice) Springfield; Jerry Dean, Avon; and Glen, Springfield; his mother-in-law, Alma Herman-Grote, Storm Lake, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews and numerous relatives in the Springfield area.
He was preceded in death by his father and grandparents.