Orvan Dr. "Van" Peterson

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Dr. Orvan 'Van' Peterson
Dr. Orvan "Van" Peterson, 86, of Butler went home to be with his Lord at 7:46 p.m. Saturday at VNA Inpatient Hospice.
Born on March 23, 1927, in Neola, Iowa, he was the son of the late Henry T. and Edna Peterson.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church.
Dr. Peterson attended Dana College in Blair, Neb., the University of Missouri and received his doctorate from Penn State University.
He was a professor of English and American Literature at Butler County Community College from 1970 until his retirement in 1995. His first love was teaching and after many years he retired to pursue other higher education opportunities. Van served on the Board of Slippery Rock University and was past president of the State Board of Higher Education.
He was a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army, and he served overseas in the Korean War.
Van enjoyed his family, fellowship, gardening and woodworking.
He is survived by Joan T. Chew, his wife of 26 years; a son, Eric (Theresa) of Woodstock, Ill.; two daughters, Kirsten of Danvers, Mass., and Lara (Mike) Collins of Hamilton, Mass.; a sister, Cleo Christoffersen of Council Bluffs, Iowa; and six grandchildren.
PETERSON - Per his wishes, there will be no public visitation for Dr. Orvan "Van" Peterson, who passed away Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013. A celebration of Van's life will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the First United Methodist Church, 200 E. North St., Butler, with Pastor Patricia Nelson officiating. All are welcome to attend lunch following the service.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Thompson-Miller Funeral Home, 124 E. North St., Butler.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are suggested to the VNA Inpatient Hospice, 115 Technology Drive, Butler, PA 16001 or to the Leukemia Society, 333 E. Carson St., Pittsburgh, PA 15219.
Private online condolences can be given at www.thompson-miller.com.


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Published in Butler Eagle on Sept. 18, 2013
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