Peterson, Merlin P.
Merlin (Pete) Peter Peterson, Green Bay, died on April 9, 2014 at 3:19 PM, at a local nursing home. Born on August 17, 2015 in Algoma, Wisconsin, he is a son to the late Francis (Gertl) and the late George Peterson. During Pete's early years, he served his country as a civilian supply purchaser for the armed forces in Sturgeon Bay as well as working in the Peterson Shipyard. He was also a talented handyman but was especially gifted in carpentry. In the 1960s Pete opened the Music Center, where he sold musical instruments. But Pete's passion was playing music, a passion he pursued as a keyboard musician for over 75 years, entertaining the masses with tunes from the 1920s to the 1990s. He played with some nationally know Big Bands and entertainers as well as having his own musical groups, which included; The Keynotes and The Pete Peterson Combo. He also played for many Cerebral Palsy telethons, sports and home shows, night clubs and dance clubs, as well as weddings, proms, restaurants and resorts and countless other events throughout the country. You name it and he probably played there.
After his retirement from his music store about 30 years ago, he wintered in Florida or Arizona where he entertained the "snow birds".
Pete is survived by his former wife, Millicent LeCloux, his children: John Peterson, Madison, Mark Peterson, Green Bay, Debra (Brian) Pagel, Luxemberg, Marsha Van, Green Bay, David (Laura) Peterson, OH, Philip (Jacquelyn) Peterson, FL, Abdoul Abulahassini (Iran),
his grandchildren: Jason Murphy, Cher Becker, Jason Tiffany, Shawn Carnahan, Paul Van, David Van, Michael Van, Jessica (Michael) Broering, Amanda (Bret) Bledsoe, Sarah (Philip) Riesenberg- Peterson, Joseph Peterson, Christopher (Erin) Peterson, Jeremy (Jenny) Peterson, Nicole Naparalla (Brian), Elizabeth (Nick) Chodzinski, Ellen Amari Peterson, Carnahan, Amy Van, Trenton Van-Anderson, Landon Peterson, Luke Bledsoe, Sadie Peterson, Logan Peterson, Devin Peterson, Illiana Chodzinski, Willow Chodzinski, Isaih Steeno, Ella Grace Mohr,
and special friends Marisol Ledezma, his 'angel', Joyce, his 'totem pole', Amanda, his 'boss', Brenda Peterson, and sister Caroline Castellini for all of her spiritual guidance.
Pete was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 50 years, Ellen M. (Davies) Peterson, his mother and father, one sister, Charlotte (Henry) Hintz, three brothers, Charlie (Helen), Conrad (Ruth), Ray (Irene) Peterson, and one son-in-law, Gregory Van.
Gathering of family and friends will be held from 2:00 P.M. to 3:30 P.M. on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 in the Chapel at the Shrine of the Good Shepherd Mausoleum, 2770 Bay Settlement Road. A Service of Remembrance will be held at 3:30 P.M.
In lieu of flowers a Memorial Fund has been established in his name.
Special thanks to the staff at Bornemann Nursing Home for making our father's last days happy and comfortable. And to Hansen Family Funeral Home for their kindness during our time of grief.