Gail "Pete" Peterson

Saturday, June 30, 2007
Gail "Pete" Peterson

Funeral services for Mr. Gail "Pete" Peterson, 87 of Spencer will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, June 30, 2007 at Grace United Methodist Church of Spencer. Rev. Paul Hansen will officiate the service.

Casket bearers will be Greg Foote, Ron Mills, Lyle Cretsinger, Norm Olson, Glen Chenhall and Bob Barringer.

Visitation will begin at 4 p.m. today with the family present from 6-8 p.m. at the Warner Funeral Home of Spencer.

Masonic services will be conducted by Evening Shade Lodge No. 312 AF & AM Friday evening at Warner Funeral Home of Spencer.

Interment will take place at Riverside Cemetery of Spencer. Military services will be conducted by Glen Pedersen Post No. 1 - American Legion, following the graveside services.

Gail passed away Wednesday, June 27, 2007 at Longhouse Residence of Spencer.

Gail, the son of Roy R. and Louie Mabel Westcott Peterson, was born Nov. 7, 1919, in Winside, Neb. Gail grew up in Arlington, Neb. and graduated from high school there.  He was a graduate of the University of Nebraska School of Agriculture with a B.S. in Agronomy.  Gail was employed in agri-business enterprises.

Gail served in W.W. II from September 1942-45. He was sent to Torrento Air Force Base in Italy with the Army Air Force 461st Bomb Group H to work in communications.

Gail and Verna Ruth Thornburg were married April 14, 1949.  They were blessed with one son, Eric Thornburg Peterson.

Gail was a lifelong member of the Methodist Church, serving in many capacities.  In retirement he served on several mission teams.  He was a member of the Masonic Order, Order of the Eastern Star-Evening Shade Chapter 116 and the Abu Bekr Shrine.  He was a Past-Master of Evening Shade Lodge #312 AF and AM, and had served as Secretary.  Gail served on the board of the Spencer Public Library and Spencer Area Concert Association.  He was a member of the Clay County Garden Club and Golden K.  In retirement, he enjoyed the 461st Reunion Group.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters: Ramah Riddle, Cletis Wilson and Myra Huntley; and two brothers: Brian Westcott and Rob Roy Peterson.

Gail is survived by his wife of 58 years, Verna Peterson of Spencer; his son, Eric and wife, Susan; his two grandchildren; and his sister, Jean Tata of Plattsmouth, Neb.

Warner Funeral Home of Spencer is in charge of arrangements.