Robert Anton Peterson passed away peacefully on February 7th, 2014, at the Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland, Colorado.
Bob was born in Brush, Colorado, on Sept. 24, 1935, to Anton and Beulah Peterson. He grew up in Tacoma, Washington, then joined the Air Force in 1954 and served as a staff sergeant for four years, in Arizona, Colorado and South Dakota. In 1958, he married Joyce Marie Hintze. The couple moved to the Denver area, where Bob worked as an engineer at Martin Marietta, Sundstrand and CA Norgren. Their first daughter, Jodi, was born in 1964, and three years they had a second daughter, Kim. The family often went picnicking and camping.
A lifelong outdoorsman, Bob loved the mountains and nature and took many backpacking and flyfishing trips. He enjoyed many hobbies, and built bookcases, wove wicker baskets, made stained glass windows, painted pysanky eggs, wove table runners, built clocks and made dulcimers. After retirement, he and wife Joyce moved to Loveland, and he volunteered at the emergency room at McKee Medical Center, the Rialto Theatre and the Loveland Chamber of Commerce valentine-stamping program.
Bob was a kind, devoted father and husband. Gentle and humble, he had a wry sense of humor and didn't take himself too seriously. He never realized how many lives he touched, and how many people considered him a friend. He is survived, and much missed, by his wife Joyce, daughter Jodi Peterson, daughter Kim Duran and husband Charles Duran, step-grandchildren Alyson and Chad Duran, and by cousins, nephews and nieces. Memorial service and interment will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers you may send donations in his name to Larimer County Humane Society.
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