GLADSTONE - John Allen Peterson, 79, of 1326 Michigan Ave., passed away Friday afternoon, Aug. 17, 2012, at his home in Gladstone, with his loving wife Paulene at his side.
John was born April 8, 1933, in Escanaba, the son of Dorence and Delia (Bloomquist) Peterson. He was raised in Escanaba and was a 1952 graduate of the Escanaba Senior High School.
On April 9, 1953, John was drafted into the United States Army, serving during the Korean War until his honorable discharge in April 1955. Throughout his enlistment, John received medals of accommodation which included the National Defense Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. Upon his discharge, John returned to Escanaba where he worked various jobs until gaining employment at Mead Paper Corp. in 1961.
On Dec. 8, 1972, John was united in marriage to the former Paulene Majestic and together the couple made their home in Gladstone. John continued working for Mead Paper as a lab tester, until his retirement in December 1994.
John was an ordained minister with a strong Christian faith. John and Paulene are members of the Community Church of Christ in Gladstone. He enjoyed playing church league dart ball, watching professional sports, especially the Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Tigers, going to his grandchildren's sporting events, watching movies, listening to books on tape, completing puzzles and photography. In addition, John loved spending time with his loving family and will be sadly missed.
John is survived by his wife, Paulene; his sons, Kris Peterson of Georgia, Erik Peterson of Missouri, Mike (Laurel) Stephens of Perronville, Dorne (Irene) Stephens of Stonington, Kevin (Cheryl) Stephens of Norway, and Patrick "Dooly" (Kelly) Stephens of Wisconsin; a daughter, Terri Stephens-Rossi of Gladstone; brother, Pete (Audrey) Peterson of Menominee Falls, Wis.; sisters, Dorothy (Ray) Long of Missouri and Donna (Larry) Jensen of Iron Mountain; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
In addition to his parents, Dorence and Delia, John was preceded in death by a son, Kevin Jon Peterson on Aug. 14, 2002; a brother, Milt Peterson; and a sister, Mildred Peterson.
The Peterson family will receive friends on Thursday from 2 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Eastern time at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone.
Military honors by the Rapid River American Legion Post 301 will follow visitation at 4:45 p.m. at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone. Funeral services to celebrate the life of John Allen Peterson will follow military rites at 5 p.m. at the Skradski Funeral Home, with Pastor Mike Balenger of the Community Church of Christ, officiating.
Luncheon will follow funeral services at the Gladstone Senior Center.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the Rapid River American Legion Post 301 or the Delta County Animal Shelter.
Envelopes will be available at the Skradski Family Funeral Homes of Delta County.
Messages of condolence can be offered online at skradskifuneralhomes.com
The Skradski Funeral Home is assisting the family with the funeral arrangements.