Military services will be conducted by the Laurens VFW Post No. 3533.
Mr. Peterson passed away Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012, at Riverview Terrace in Spencer.
Robert Emanuel Peterson, son of Gustav and Christine (Soderquist) Peterson, was raised on the family farm by Albert City. There he attended country school through the eighth grade. He then helped on the family farm until going into the service. He entered into the military, serving in the U.S. Marine Corps from Feb. 28, 1944, until his honorable discharge on May 17, 1946.
On Oct. 19, 1946, he married Elda Pietz. Born to this union were three children: Barbara, Debra, and Gary. Bob worked for M&JR Hakes in Laurens and later had various jobs in sales. They lived in Albert City until 1989, when they moved to Spencer. Elda passed away in 1999, after a lengthy battle with cancer. Bob moved to Riverview Terrace Assisted Living in June of 2011. There he enjoyed being part of the bell choir and took pride in helping out with the daily folding of linens. Bob loved fishing, playing cards, cooking, and watching RFD TV. He was proud of the time he served his country and enjoyed being able to participate in the V.F.W. and the Legion.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife, Elda.
Bob is survived by his two daughters: Barbara Jessen of Sac City and her children: Melissa (Jason) Senecaut of Des Moines, Ryan (Donna) Jessen of Wall Lake, Melanie (Bob) Babe of Sac City, and Deb (Dwight) Abel of Greenville and their children: Jamie (Clara) Abel, Aaron Abel of Greenville; and one son, Gary (Tracy) Peterson of Clear Lake and their children: Grant of Cedar Falls, Trudy of Clear Lake; great grandchildren: Makayla, Jayden, and Jackson Senecaut; Maxwell, Cassidy Jessen; Jacob Abel; one brother, Marshall (Jan) Peterson of Albert City; one sister-in-law, Vi Rukes of Spencer; one brother-in-law, Milt (Jeanne) Pietz of Scottsdale, Ariz.; several nieces and nephews and his special friend, Lois Koenig of Royal.
Warner Funeral Home of Spencer is in charge of arrangements.