Peterson, Elmer "Bud Nuclear Triggerman"
April 20, 1917-Nov. 11, 2012
Sarasota, Florida. November 11th, 2012.
Bud Peterson passed away in his sleep on Veteran's day 2012.
During World War Two (WWII) as a civilian contractor, Bud was a part of a group of scientists and engineers tasked with inventing, designing and building a triggering devise for the United States first nuclear bomb. Bud always said "you can have all the ammunition you want, but if you can't pull the trigger you have nothing".
Bud was born in Republic, Michigan in 1917.
He met the love of his life, Christine during WWII
. After a few years they packed up the '34 Buick and hauled it out of the frigid Michigan winters and drove to Florida for warmer days. Bud started a TV and appliance business. He quickly expanded to 3 stores. He is survived by his son Jeffery Peterson who had to deliver and install A/C units with his high school buddies. Everyone would always do anything for Bud. However, for 25 cents an hour it became old and all of Jeff's friends quit. Bud's wife of 60 years sadly passed away in 2009. He is also survived by Cornelia, his daughter-in-law who now resides in North Carolina.
Bud has been a resident of Sarasota since 2010 at Bahia Oaks Lodge where he met many new friends and enjoyed music night. Bud was a huge fan of NASCAR and Basketball. In fact, he had a net in his room where he would regularly dunk the ball. His son Jeff didn't inherit the scientific genius that was Bud. Our hats are off to you Bud, and a salute from the Pacific veterans who did not have to invade Japan.
There will be a small private ceremony. In lieu of flowers or donations, live your life the way Bud did.