H. A. (Herb) Peterson Jr.

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H. A. (Herb) Peterson, Jr. H. A. (Herb) Peterson, Jr. age 91, passed away on August 5, 2014 at Timber Ridge & Renaissance at McKinleyville. Herb was born in Portland, Oregon on March 10, 1923. He shared many memories over the years of his childhood in Sandy, Oregon and Mount Hood. Herb served in the U.S. Army Air Force from 1942-1945. He saw action in the SW Pacific in WWII. Herb graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in Forest Engineering and began a forestry career that encompassed Oregon, Washington, and California. Herb also continued education pertaining to the field of forestry at University of California, Oregon State University, and Yale University. Herb worked for the U.S. Forest Service in 1946 and later worked in the timber industry as a choker setter, assistant logging engineer, and logging engineer. Herb became a Registered Professional Forester and was eventually promoted to Chief Forester, retiring from Simpson Timber Company in 1985 after 28 years of service. Herb served his community in many different ways. He was a member of the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board, the Coast Range Fir and Pine Forest Practice Committee, the Northern Humboldt High School Board, the Arcata Planning Committee, the Arcata City Council, Foreman of the Humboldt County Grand Jury, president of the Western Forestry and Conservation Association, director of the California Forest Protective Association, president of the Redwood Regional Logging Conference, director of the Pacific Logging Congress, chairman of the Jedidiah Smith Chapter of the Society of American Foresters, and a member of the Humboldt County Fair Board for over 40 years. Herb was also a member of the Portland Masonic Lodge, Arcata Rotary Club, Baywood Golf and Country Club, Christ Episcopal Church, the Oregon State Alumni Association, the American Legion and a former member of the Elks Club. Herb was also a member of the Masonic Lents Lodge #156 in Portland, Oregon for over 50 years. Herb was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Ford Peterson, brother-in-law Phillip Acker, sister-in-law Joanne Holcomb (Dick), step-son Robert Van Der Sluis and step-grandson Kurt Van Der Sluis. Herb is survived by his wife of nearly 35 years Shirley Jean Peterson; step-son Rodney Van Der Sluis; step-grandson Eric Van Der Sluis; daughter Debra Dulay (Dennis); grandsons Andrew and Matthew; son Eric Peterson (Jennifer); grandsons Evan and Trevor; son Jeffrey Peterson (Tuesday); grandsons Ridge, Ford and Bryce; sister Mrs. Phillip Acker; and numerous nieces and extended family. Herb and Shirley enjoyed traveling, playing golf, gardening, and playing in the Humboldt Kitchen-Aires Band. In Herb's early years, he loved to fish, hunt, and chop firewood. Herb loved the outdoors, he loved his family, and he loved serving his community. Herb's family would especially like to express their gratitude to Pastor Kathryn Dunning, the physical therapy staff at Granada Skilled Nursing Care and the wonderful staff of Hospice of Humboldt. Services will be held Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church at 520 Del Norte Street in Eureka, CA. with a reception immediately following at First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. Private encryptment at Sunset Memorial following the reception. In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to Hospice of Humboldt, the Humboldt Historical Society or the . Please sign the guestbook at www.times-standard.com and click on obits.
Published in Eureka Times-Standard from Aug. 8 to Aug. 13, 2014
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