Hobart "Pete" Peterson
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Hobart George Peterson, 87, of Montrose, passed away on Saturday, July 27, 2013 at Golden Living Nursing Home in Madison where he had been a resident for about a year.
Pete was born to Benjamin and Anna Peterson on November 3, 1925 in Roslyn, SD. He graduated from Roslyn High School in 1943. He joined the U.S. Navy and served as a medic in the Marshall Islands, Tinian, and Hawaiian Islands from 1944 to 1946.
After his discharge from the Navy, Pete attended college in Aberdeen graduating with Bachelor's of Science Degree in Education. In 1950 he started teaching at Montrose High School and coached grade basketball. He eventually became the Athletic Director.
In 1953 he met his wife, Rosie Hanisch of Humboldt, on a blind date. They were married in 1955. He attended summer classes at the School of Mines in Rapid City and received a Masters Degree from USD in 1964. In 1973, he obtained a Principal's Degree from SDSU. In 1974 he was nominated for the Jefferson Award which recognizes individuals that make a difference on a daily basis in their local communities.
While teaching, Pete also worked as a bookkeeper for the Rasmussen Brothers, Montrose City Auditor, escorted patients at the VA and coached baseball for over 30 years from the Pee Wees to American Legion teams. He also managed the Town Team and did some pitching. He was a member of the Montrose Booster Club, Fire Department, St. John's Lutheran Church, and, for 55 years, the Post Adjutant for the Ruste-Waul American Legion Post #154.
Pete retired from teaching after 37 years. The community recognized his career by holding a "Pete Peterson" day with festivities at the park with teachers, friends and family. In 2006, Pete was honored by the community again by having the baseball field named the "Hobart 'Pete' Peterson Field". He loved to fish so bought a camper at Enemy Swim after Rosie retired. While there he enjoyed 16 years of fishing and playing cards with family and friends.
Pete is survived by his wife, Rosie, two children, Michael (Deborah) and Debra (Tim) Carlson, both in Hartford, six grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by four sisters, Margot, Juliet, Helen and Bernice, and three brothers, Casper, Kermit, and Barton.
Visitation will be at the Kinzley Funeral Home, Salem, on Monday, July 29, from 6 pm to 7 pm with family present. A prayer service will begin 7pm. The funeral service will be held at St. John's Lutheran Church in Montrose on Tuesday, July 30, at 10:30 am with burial at the St. Patrick's Cemetery. www.kinzleyfh.com
Published in The Argus Leader on July 28, 2013