John R. Peterson, 79
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John R. Peterson, 79, passed away peacefully Thursday morning, December 27, 2012, in Winter Park, Fla. He was born on May 27, 1933, in Ames, Iowa, to Dr. John B. and Elizabeth (Fogel) Peterson. He married Jean Anderson on June 8, 1955. After Jean's death in 1990, he married Carol Snelling Jenkins in 1991; she survives him. He leaves Jean's and his three daughters, Janet, married to Victor Harouny of Charlotte, N.C., Emily, married to Dennis Coyne of Gig Harbor, Wash., Katherine, married to Tom Gardner of Carlsbad, Calif.; a sister, Mary Jean Peterson, of West Lafayette; and nine grandchildren.
He attended West Lafayette public schools, graduating in 1951, and then earned a Bachelor's degree in Speech from Purdue University in 1955. He spent the majority of his career as a marketing executive in the New York City area, retiring at the age of 56. In his retirement, he enjoyed painting and playing the tenor drum as a member of the Glendale, Ariz., Pipes and Drums. Private inurnment will be held at Grand View Cemetery in West Lafayette. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Glendale Pipes and Drums, 7021 West Oraibi Dr, Glendale, AZ 85308.
Published in the Journal & Courier from Dec. 30 to Dec. 31, 2012